Nostalgia

APRIL 14, 2014

The finest of Sri Lanka's early years

Stuart Wark: In the '80s, the classy Roy Dias gave stability to a Sri Lankan batting line-up that had to compete against teams with far greater experience and depth
Roy Dias: the fastest Sri Lankan to score 1000 Test runs © Getty Images
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APRIL 11, 2014

England cricket

When Kent threatened to end cricket

Justin Parkinson, political reporter for the BBC, takes us through the history of cricket ball manufacture in the UK. From April 1914 when workers from west Kent threatened to hold the cricket season hostage by not producing any more balls until they were reimbursed appropriately. At the time they had been supplying the best quality for over 150 years, but as the 20th century wore on the monopoly went into steady decline.

Kent's ball manufacturers employed several hundred people at the time, many of whom complained of being treated like "sweated labour".

"The power of the union may be largely a thing of the past, and cricket ball manufacture, along with pretty much everything else in cricket, has now largely moved to the subcontinent", says Matt Thacker, managing editor of The Nightwatchman, the Wisden Cricket Quarterly magazine."But it's great to be reminded occasionally how deeply ingrained into the fabric of English life cricket was.

APRIL 10, 2014

Test-match moments I won't forget

Sankaran Krishna: The scorecards of these three Tests reveal fairly one-sided games, but that wasn't the case if you had been there
APRIL 05, 2014

Indian cricket

Wadekar's shoes and a Karnataka triumph

In the Telegraph, historian Ramachandra Guha reminisces about Karnataka's semi-final against Bombay in March 1974, en route to their first Ranji Trophy title. Guha writes that Karnataka beat Bombay in that game (on first-innings basis) due to two human errors - the first an umpiring decision that went in favour of Gundappa Viswanath off the first ball he faced; and Ajit Wadekar's slip, which resulted in his run-out and allowed Karnataka to take a lead.

Some 20 years after I watched Karnataka defeat Bombay for the first time, I met Ajit Wadekar at a reception in New Delhi. I reminded him about the match and how he had got out, adding that had he not slipped he would still be batting at the Chinnaswamy Stadium. His answer, offered with a laconic shrug of the shoulders, was: "New shoes."

APRIL 05, 2014

Remembering the glory days of the Hindu Trophy

V Ramnarayan: One of the oldest limited-overs in India used to be a thrilling affair, with Test and club cricketers fiercely competing for the title
MARCH 28, 2014

Missing Pakistan

Russell Jackson: How has the team fallen off the sporting map so dramatically in a cricket-literate country like Australia?
MARCH 05, 2014

The contagious madness of Shahid Afridi

Hassan Cheema: He frustrates his fans more often than not, but he is also an addiction, one that pulls at the heartstrings
MARCH 04, 2014

The gender question

Sankaran Krishna: What exactly were girls and women doing in the '70s and '80s when all of us Indian men and boys were obsessed with cricket?
MARCH 02, 2014

There's something about cricket's artists

Janaka Malwatta: In the heat of battle, with the outcome in the balance, many fans will clap an opponent's shot if it is sufficiently beauteous
FEBRUARY 28, 2014

Warne v Cullinan revisited

Russell Jackson: Mind games were as much a part of Warne's armoury as the flipper in the mid-1990s, and his battle with one South African batsman captured the imagination
FEBRUARY 20, 2014

Sandeep Patil: the Bombay Hammer

Samir Chopra: He only played international cricket for about half a decade, but his brutal, attacking style left its mark on the game in India
FEBRUARY 16, 2014

Gavaskar's stunning entrance

V Ramnarayan: For Indian cricket fans of a certain vintage, the Caribbean summer of 1971 was the most glorious of all
FEBRUARY 13, 2014

Cricket's constantly unfolding narrative

Jon Hotten: It may feel as though the game is at the peak of its evolution but it's only a matter of time before current events seem dated
JANUARY 31, 2014

For the love of Aussie hard-cases

Matt Cleary: No country produces more leathery, ornery tough guys than Australia (which does not explain what Monty Panesar's doing in this XI)
JANUARY 29, 2014

A wizard called Vishy

V Ramnarayan: Remembering a magician who invariably rose to the occasion when conditions favoured the bowlers, especially the fast men
JANUARY 23, 2014

New Zealand cricket

The birth of first-class cricket in New Zealand

On the 150th anniversary of first-class cricket in New Zealand, the Otago Daily Times' Gavin Bertram looks back on the Otago v Canterbury match in Dunedin that started it all.

''The Cantabrians had practised on firm wickets at Hagley Park and were ill-prepared for the quagmire awaiting them after they had battled south by sea against gale-force winds. Although the Oval had been recently turfed as a gesture to the visiting Englishmen, recent rain and the fact that cattle had wandered over the ground the night before the match made for atrocious conditions.''

JANUARY 16, 2014

Pakistan news

Qamar Ahmed's special quadruple

Sunil Gavaskar's 10,000th run, Richard Hadlee's 400th wicket, Anil Kumble's cleansweep, cricket's 1000th Test in 1984 and its 2000th in 2011 - Qamar Ahmed; has seen them all. The Sharjah Test; between Pakistan and Sri Lanka is his 400th as a reporter, and he has been present at 19% of all Tests played to date.

His favourite is Gavaskar's last innings, a 96 in a losing cause against Pakistan in Bangalore, memorable because even spinners had the ball rearing chest-high on a poor pitch. Michael Holding's furious 14-wicket haul at The Oval in 1976 is Qamar's bowling equivalent.

A first-class left-arm spinner in Pakistan in his youth, Qamar was based out of the UK for most of his reporting career. In addition to having written extensively in English, Urdu and Hindi, he has also been a broadcaster for Test Match Special, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Television New Zealand, among others.

The press in Sharjah missed the chance to perform a guard of honour with their laptops, but the PCB and Pakistan team presented Qamar with mementoes and two signed Test shirts, wishing him many more matches in the press box. It is a sentiment Qamar agrees with heartily - he said: "I am not retiring as long as I'm on my feet."

JANUARY 07, 2014

The Ashes 2013-14

A victory for hard work and desire

There have been plenty of low moments for Australia in recent years, but Sunday at the SCG made them feel a lifetime ago. The Ashes celebrations will carry on for a while yet and, writing for the Guardian, Aaron Timms takes a detailed look at what the nature of the whitewash means

Was this the best series victory Australia's cricket team has ever produced? I have no idea; in any event, "best" is a bland superlative. But there's little doubt that this was the most carnal of victories - carnal because it was a pure product of desire, an achievement so driven by lust it could easily pass as a Pedro Almodovar film ("La Revancha: Los Ashes"). And it was a victory that, more than any other in recent memory, the country as a whole could relate to at a deep level, a feast more enjoyable for the famine that preceded it, the kind of win to make you believe in progress, and self-betterment, and the very perfectibility of things.

JANUARY 06, 2014

Murali magic at The Oval

Janaka Malwatta: He could spin it on the M4, they said. Come the Oval Test in 1998, he proved them right
DECEMBER 30, 2013

The pull of sport during Christmas

Jonathan Wilson: Nothing makes a family get-together over the holidays more bearable than Test cricket on the telly
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