Spare a thought for the umpires

Spare a thought for the umpires

Karthik Lakshmanan, at Cricketnext.com, gets the views of two Indian umpires on the Malinga no-ball and the broader issue of umpiring standards in Indian domestic cricket: If this (the Malinga no-ball) had happened in the first, second or third overs …

Was Andre Russell’s 13-ball 48 ‘astonishing’?

What’s the deal with T20 batting?

In the latest episode of the 81allout podcast, we are thrilled to be joined by podcaster and blogger Subash Jayaraman, as well as Kartikeya Date, a contributor for ESPNcricinfo, The Hindu and other publications. We talk about Andre Russell’s 13-ball …

I try and give voice to the fans’ emotions

I try and give voice to the fans’ emotions

In the latest episode of the 81allout podcast, we are delighted to be joined by ESPNcricinfo’s Sri Lanka correspondent Andrew Fidel Fernando. We talk about Fidel’s experiences of covering Sri Lankan cricket and discuss the various aspects of putting together …

To Mankad or not to

To Mankad or not to

To Mankad or not to Ian Chappell bats for the bowlers’ cause at ESPNcricinfo: In most mankad situations the batsman is trying to take advantage – cheating, if you will – and yet the bowler, who is abiding by the …

‘Everyone is shattered’

‘Everyone is shattered’

Bangladesh’s tour to New Zealand was cut short after the ghastly shooting in a mosque in Christchurch. The team had reached the mosque for their Friday prayers… until they realised something had gone horribly wrong. A shaken Tamim Iqbal provides …

Boot Factory Shot

Boot Factory Shot

Charles Davis, at his sportstats blog, indulges in the priceless act of re-scoring Victor Trumper’s legendary 335 at the Redfern oval into a ball-by-ball form. The most famous shot of the innings was said to break a window in the …

Bat-Ball War

Bat-Ball War

Over the last few weeks, the World cup match between India and Pakistan, scheduled for June 16 in Manchester, has come under the scanner. Suresh Menon, in The Hindu, argues that in an ideal world the match should go ahead At …