DECEMBER 12, 2014

The greatest rivalry never played

Colin Benjamin: What if South Africa and West Indies had clashed with each other in the 1970s?
Imagine Graeme Pollock v Michael Holding in a West Indies-South Africa Test at the Sabina or the Wanderers © Getty Images, PA Photos
DECEMBER 08, 2014

Why do we remember what we remember?

Jonathan Wilson: Reflections on memories of a certain summer Saturday in 1983
NOVEMBER 22, 2014

The tale of a win that didn't come to be

Samir Chopra: Delhi were expected to coast to the Irani Cup title in 1982. Then came an outrageous chase of 421 runs
NOVEMBER 21, 2014

West Indies cricket

Lara's outback adventures

In an interview with Andrew Webster of the Sydney Morning Herald, Brian Lara recalls his earliest memories of cricket and the aggressive on-field encounters he had with the Australian side. While he refuses to name specific players, he admits that handling Glenn McGrath was particularly difficult.

"Yes, I can identify [Glenn] McGrath as being my nemesis. He got me out however many times. Shane Warne, Jason Gillespie, Steve Waugh, Ian Healy, Adam Gilchrist … None of them let up. I think I have a lot of respect for their teamwork. I was envious to see how they operated as a team and how they demolished teams I was involved with. It would be wrong to single out any player."

NOVEMBER 04, 2014

Dear West Indies cricket

Nicholas Hogg: An letter from a fan who grew up idolising the great Caribbean sides of the '80s
OCTOBER 19, 2014

Remembering Budhi the dasher

V Ramnarayan: Before Sehwag, and even Srikkanth, India had a swashbuckling opening batsman who also kept wickets
OCTOBER 01, 2014

Remembering Tony Greig, the allrounder

Stuart Wark: It's easy to forget that some popular commentators of our time were excellent cricketers before they took up the mike
SEPTEMBER 12, 2014

Yorkshire feels like Yorkshire again

Dave Hawksworth: Fans born after their era of dominance that ended in the late '60s had grown tired of tales of woe. Their Championship victory finally gives us a reason to brag
AUGUST 31, 2014

What cricketing memories remain locked in your archive for eternity?

Nicholas Hogg: Your first six? A last-ball victory? The legendary and the quiet moments of your favourite players?
AUGUST 13, 2014

India Women in England 2014

Reliving the triumph of 2006

India Women are set to play a Test after nearly eight years, returning to England where they secured a historic Test triumph on their last tour in 2006. In her blog, Grass on the Seam, India Women's cricketer Snehal Pradhan reminisces about that series and the win at Taunton that was built around Jhulan Goswami's remarkable returns of 5 for 33 and 5 for 45.

To say she sliced through the top order is not an exaggeration. She allowed none of the top three to reach double figures. She came back to pick up the resilient Edwards, who batted low due to illness. To get a measure of the quality of her wickets we need no highlights or eye witness accounts. We only need to read the scorecard. LBW, caught behind and bowled. Beaten, edged, and knocked over. Classic fast bowlers wickets. And she was bowling fast.

AUGUST 08, 2014

Remembering Paul Melville

Russell Jackson: The dashing Victoria batsman was set to be a star for Australia when his life was tragically cut short at 21
JULY 14, 2014

When the weak can resist the strong

Jonathan Wilson: Cricket and football give lesser teams and players a chance to hold out and sometimes even show up stronger opposition
JUNE 20, 2014

A Derbyshire fan in Melbourne

Russell Jackson: How books, magazines and live scorecard updates allowed an Australian teenager to keep track of county cricket in the 1990s
JUNE 15, 2014

Vishy or Sunny? Venky or Pras?

Sankaran Krishna: What sort of interminable arguments have you had with your friends and relatives about cricketers?
JUNE 06, 2014


Green gloves, ducks and bats taped to ceilings

While reviewing Chris Waters' book 10 for 10 - on Hedley Verity's record - for the Guardian, Andy Bull recounts some entertaining stories of superstitions that cricketers have followed.

Others take things further still. Duck seemed so portentous to Steve James that he refused to eat it, and wouldn't even let his children have a rubber one to play with in the bath, until after his career was over. He sympathised with Neil McKenzie, who developed an obsession that meant he would go out to bat only when all the toilet seats were down, and even went through a phase of taping his bat to the ceiling because his team-mates had once done that to him on a day when he scored a century.

JUNE 06, 2014

The generous lender of cricket magazines

Samir Chopra: Having a neighbour with a cornucopia of cricket literature can be a life-changing experience
MAY 26, 2014

The boys of endless summer

Sankaran Krishna: All grace, good looks and charisma, Farokh Engineer, Salim Durani and ML Jaisimha epitomised the charms of a bygone age
MAY 24, 2014

The absent cricket ball

Samir Chopra: A cricket ball at home would make daydreaming a little easier; its concrete, tangible presence would make intangible visions easier to construct
MAY 21, 2014

The need for heroes

Nicholas Hogg: Can any modern player fill the gargantuan boots of Botham, Viv Richards or Harold Larwood? Glenn Maxwell is making a mighty fist of it
MAY 16, 2014

Style over statistics

Stuart Wark: Wasim Raja played 57 Tests, scored four centuries, and averaged 36.16. But those numbers don't reveal his value to the side or the joy he brought to those watching