Sharda Ugra

Senior editor at ESPNcricinfo

Cover of <i>Third Man: Recollections From a Life in Cricket</i>

Third Man: Recollections From a Life in Cricket

First-class tales

V Ramnarayan's cricket memoir unearths anecdotal gems from a bygone era, with the story of his short yet eventful domestic career forming the backbone

A boy sits on top of a crumbling structure and watches his classmates play cricket


The bat wallahs

In the agitated Kashmir Valley, cricketers need to tread the fine line between loyalty and ambition

Statue of All Black Michael Jones at Eden Park

Come fly with me

Our correspondent finds Hamilton's laid-back charm hard to resist, and summons up the courage to leap off the tallest building in the hemisphere

It's joy unbridled for Australia after Brendon McCullum's duck

Australia v New Zealand, World Cup 2015, final, Melbourne

Australia in a final: Men at work, business as usual

Something about a World Cup final brings out the A-game gene in the Australian team's DNA and their ruthless sense of purpose overrides conditions, weather, wickets and opposition

Mitchell Starc races away after bowling Brendon McCullum

Australia v New Zealand, World Cup 2015, final, Melbourne

McCullum's dream turns to nightmare

New Zealand poor opening and the stubborn bails among the plays of the day from the World Cup final

New Zealand fans show their support

Australia v New Zealand, final, Melbourne

Rivals deserve their place in the southern sun

Australia and New Zealand will always be linked because they are, in fact, more than mere geographical neighbours or brothers

Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma's 174-run stand is India's best in World Cups

World Cup 2015: India

Process is proven, results need refining

Should India's World Cup be judged by the standards of their seven straight wins or their single defeat?

James Faulkner flicks one away

Australia v India, World Cup 2015, 2nd semi-final, Sydney

India swept away by Australia's depth

India's Plan A in this World Cup had worked flawlessly over seven matches. When they came up against the toughest opponents in the World Cup, however, they were left scrambling for a back-up plan

Michael Clarke consoles Brad Haddin after he dropped Shikhar Dhawan on 5

Australia v India, 2nd semi-final, Sydney

Starc gets a talking to

Plays of the day from the second semi-final, between Australia and India in Sydney

India and Australia fans set the mood ahead of the semi-final

Australia v India, World Cup 2015, 2nd semi-final, Sydney

Australia arrives at its own party

Australian fans turned up in droves for their team's SCG semi-final, dispelling pre-match fears that they would be drowned in a noisy sea of blue t-shirts and tricolour flags