Come to Think of it


Kumar Dharmasena made a mistake in the World Cup final, but just about every umpire would have done the same
Kumar Dharmasena made a mistake in the World Cup final, but just about every umpire would have done the same

He awarded England six runs instead of five for overthrows, and that proved crucial to the result

Do you really want Virat Kohli in your T20 XI?
Do you really want Virat Kohli in your T20 XI?

The answer lies in whether the format even needs the sort of role he plays in the batting order

Why Courtney Walsh should be regarded as more than just another West Indian bowling great
Why Courtney Walsh should be regarded as more than just another West Indian bowling great

While we remember the likes of Marshall and Ambrose for their unique traits, Walsh's legacy remains nebulous. It shouldn't be

Is county cricket unfairly maligned?
Is county cricket unfairly maligned?

It gets some things wrong, but that shouldn't mean we overlook its real virtues

Was Shoaib Akhtar's talent overshadowed by his sagas?
Was Shoaib Akhtar's talent overshadowed by his sagas?

He was an almost one-of-a-kind bowler, who heightened the effect of raw pace to a degree rarely seen at the highest level of the game

Was Shaun Pollock as good as Imran Khan?
Was Shaun Pollock as good as Imran Khan?

It might sound preposterous, but we should be rating the South African allrounder a lot higher than we do

Ijaz Ahmed wasn't pretty to watch. Did that blind us to his quality as a batsman?
Ijaz Ahmed wasn't pretty to watch. Did that blind us to his quality as a batsman?

We remember him for the odd stance, but there was a whole lot more to Pakistan's axeman of the 1990s

Was the 2007 World Cup really a disaster?
Was the 2007 World Cup really a disaster?

A series of unforeseen events went against the tournament, but it also got a lot of things right

Was Shannon Gabriel's 'brain fade' in Dominica a calculated move gone wrong?
Was Shannon Gabriel's 'brain fade' in Dominica a calculated move gone wrong?

His slog off Yasir Shah has been called the worst shot in the history of Test cricket, but there was logic behind it

Did England waste the talents of Devon Malcolm?
Did England waste the talents of Devon Malcolm?

He should have been England's designated match-winner throughout the 1990s, not their first-choice fall guy

Don't forget Graeme Smith, the batsman
Don't forget Graeme Smith, the batsman

His immense captaincy record often overshadows how good an opener he was. It shouldn't

Whatever happened to Ravi Shastri 1.0?
Whatever happened to Ravi Shastri 1.0?

When did the outspoken rebel, who always put players' interests first, turn into an establishment man?

Why the 2005 Super Series was not really a bad idea
Why the 2005 Super Series was not really a bad idea

The games might have been one-sided, but the concept of all-star world teams is one cricket should persist with

Are umpires giving more lbws now than they did before the  DRS?
Are umpires giving more lbws now than they did before the DRS?

Spinners may have a case to believe so, but fast bowlers? Not so much

Is Saeed Anwar criminally underrated?
Is Saeed Anwar criminally underrated?

If we remember him at all, it's as a silken stylist who excelled in ODIs, but he was far more than that

Are lefties really prettier?
Are lefties really prettier?

Do we think that because they are rarer, and forget that there's a Chanderpaul for every Lara?

Were New Zealand always this cuddly?
Were New Zealand always this cuddly?

Not quite. Until the eras of McCullum and Williamson, they were just as nasty as any other team

Was Greg Chappell really a terrible coach of India?
Was Greg Chappell really a terrible coach of India?

It's easy to look at the warts and the spats, but he left behind a legacy of good ideas that did the team a lot of good

Were South Africa really unlucky in the 1992 World Cup?
Were South Africa really unlucky in the 1992 World Cup?

Or did they simply suffer the consequences of their own actions earlier in the game?