Anand Vasu joined Cricinfo offices at the age of 19 to spend a couple of months exploring cricket journalism. More than two decades later, he is still at it, having moved from Cricinfo to Hindustan Times and then to Sports Illustrated India magazine and Wisden India. He has won four national awards, including the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Award. Follow him @anandvasu
History will remember Shrivastava for being the first Madhya Pradesh captain to win the Ranji Trophy, but you can bet that the Pandit name won’t be too far behind when their glorious summer of 2022 is discussed
Gary Kirsten established the first nets putting up the money himself and then added a few more schools, employing coaches to work each of these venues, paying them a monthly salary to spend a few hours each day with the kids.
In the first ODI against South Africa at Paarl, Rahul chose to hand a debut to Venkatesh Iyer and then did not give him even a single over to bowl. This sort of decision would not even be mentioned had India won, but having lost as comfortably as they did, there will be people seeking answers.
In this exclusive chat, former South Africa international Robin Peterson, who is the coach of the Warriors domestic team that recruited Marco Jansen, reveals the Indian connect in the tall pacer’s journey.
Kohli did not linger on what might have been had luck favoured his team more, in terms of edges being drawn when batsmen were beaten or catches going to hand. Instead, he focussed on where his team had lost their way.
For the seventh time in his career, Bumrah had a five-wicket haul to his name. But, more importantly than that, for the countless time, he had been asked by captain and team to lead them out of troubled waters, and he had delivered in style.
By leaving 50% of the deliveries he faced on the way to the second slowest Test half-century of his career, Kohli forced South Africa’s bowlers to come to him. And when they erred, the skipper cashed in.