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Women's Cricket

Women’s cricket is an upcoming phenomenon in world sport. Women’s World Cup is getting fame and soon will be a major sporting event in years to come. This blog is on a brief history of women’s cricket and the World Cup currently being held. Women's international cricket was first played in 1934, when a party from England toured Australia and New Zealand. The first Test match was played on 28–31 December 1934, and was won by England. The first Test against New Zealand followed early the following year. These three nations remained the only Test playing teams in women's cricket until 1960, when South Africa played a number of matches against England. Limited over’s cricket was first played by first-class teams in England in 1962. Nine years later, the first international one day match was played in men's cricket, when England took on Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The first World Cup was held in England in 1973, two years before the inaugural men's tournament.…

Test Cricket welcomes two new teams

Test cricket remains the holy grail of Cricket, one in which every aspect of the game is tested
– through and through. That Test cricket makes for a riveting and an even contest between
a batsman and a bowler means only elite teams, those who can sustain the pressure for
complete five days, get a chance to compete in this format of the game.
The ICC makes it a point to vet the performance of a particular team so that they can prove
themselves in the longest set-up of the game. Any aspiring test team needs to have a
definite domestic competition to churn out good, quality players apart from a regular
playing squad. And this begs us to question what criteria needs to be fulfilled by a team in
order to get a test status by the ICC. The current system put in place by the ICC is quite
comprehensive. Apart from some basic formalities like a competitive domestic competition
and infrastructure capabilities to host five-day matches; in order to qualify for playing in test
matches, a…

Pakistan- Champions of the Champions

Pakistan won the recently concluded ICC Champions Trophy. It was their first ever Champions Trophy in a one-sided final affair with their arch rivals India.
Pakistan were underdogs going into the final as India had beaten them comprehensively but had their confidence as they had beaten world ranked no.1 team South Africa and knocked out hosts England. Losing the toss and put to bat first, chase masters India thought they had everything under control. The opening pair of Azhar Ali and Fakhar Zaman put on a huge 128 run stand. Fakhar Zaman scored his maiden ODI ton, making his debut after the loss to India in the opening match. Cameos by Babar Azam and Mohammad Hafeez made sure Pakistan put up a massive score of 338 with the loss of 4 wickets. India lost Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli early within 3 overs with just 6 runs on the board. Shikhar Dhawan and Yuvraj Singh tried to get things going for India once again by getting starts but losing their wickets too. Hardik Pandya showed some re…

Champions Trophy- Players to watch out for

Champion’s trophy has reached its business end and each team has their own players to watch out for. We present to you the players which we think will play a big part in their teams hopes of winning the cup.
Mohammad Amir(Pakistan)

Mohammad Amir’s comeback from his ban has been magical. He has been spitting venom to batsmen with his pace and swing. Early in the game he does not let batsmen settle and this has benefitted Team Pakistan. In the last game of the league stage he showed he can bat too and against England in Cardiff he can use the pitch to trouble the English batsmen. If Pakistan is to win the match against England his bowling exploits will be the key. Jasprit Bumrah (India)
The Indian sensation has been on a spree since his international debut last year. Within one year he rose to no. 1 bowler in T20 cricket which shows the calibre of his talent. He learnt to bowl deadly Yorkers from the master himself, Lasith Malinga. Even though he has picked up just two wickets in the t…

Duckworth- Lewis Method

We are seeing many matches being washed out and using a method to revise targets. The method used to revise the target is called Duckworth-Lewis Method or DL method. What is Duckworth- Lewis method?? Duckworth-Lewis method is a formula used in limited over’s matches which are affected by rain or are temporarily stopped because of any other reason. It uses the over’s reaming and wickets in hand to estimate the total of a team. The traditional method used up to 1997 to revise targets when weather interfered with limited-overs cricket was based on average run-rate. The only advantage of such a system was that it was easy to understand and calculate for all concerned - players, officials and spectators - but it almost always gave a hugely unfair advantage to the team batting second, with the result that captains winning the toss when rain was around almost always chose to field first. From 1997, the ECB adopted the Duckworth/Lewis method as a fairer system, since then the ICC has done likewis…

Champions Trophy 2017- Team Profiles and Overview

We are at that part of the year that will bring us the excitement of lot of Cricket… This year the 8th edition of Champions trophy is being held in England between 1st June and 18th June, 2017. The top 8 teams qualify for the Champions trophy. The 8 teams are divided into 2 groups of 4 teams each. The top two teams from each group qualify for the semi finals. Group A consist of Australia, England, Bangladesh and New Zealand. Matches to look out for will be the ashes rivalry between England and Australia and the trans Tasmanian rivalry of Australia and New Zealand. Bangladesh would also give tough completion to the other teams and could create upsets in the group. Group B consist of defending Champions India, Pakistan, Srilanka and South Africa. Matches to watch out for will the infamous rivalry between India and Pakistan and the match between India and South Africa. India are favorites to top the group due to the recent form of the team under Captain Kohli is terrific and they are yet to…

Young Talents of Indian Premier League.

Today we are pleased to showcase 4 youngsters who impressed in this Edition of Indian Premier League. Indian Premier League like always gave young players a platform to showcase their talents in front of the world. IPL has always given a headache to Indian selectors with youngsters giving tough competition to our international players. The top 4 emerging players of this years ipl were- Basil Thampi, Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur, Rahul Tripathi Basil Thampi is a twenty three year old from Ernakulam, Kerela. He played his first class cricket for Kerela making debut in 2014-15 Ranji Trophy. He was picked up by Gujrat Lions for 85 lakhs.Thampi bowls at a speed in excess of 140 kmphand is known for bowlingyorkersconsistently. Former India fast bowler and bowling coach of KeralaTinu Yohannandescribed Thampi as "athletic" and "quite strong",and added, "He's very deceptive. He has a round-arm action where he can really get the ball to move. He can reverse the old…

IPL Final 2017- Clash of the Titans

Two-time winners MI will lock horns with Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) in the title clash in Hyderabad on Sunday. The match will even more spiced up as Steve Smith's Pune has beaten Rohit Sharma's side on all three occasions this term.However, Rohit is locked in another intriguing battle with former India and Pune captain MS Dhoni. Having played all ten editions of the tournament, the duo has set and broken several records.While MS Dhoni seems to have hit form at the right time, Sharma will be desperate to deliver for his team in the final. The stylish right-hander on Friday became the first Mumbai Indians batsman to go past the 3000-run mark.'Hitman' also became only the second player, after Raina, in the IPL's history to score 300 runs in every edition of the tournamentIt will also be a battle of the young blood of Indian cricket going against each other with likes of Hardik Pandya and Krunal Pandya proving their metal in the final against Pune’s youngters like Wa…

Rising Pune Supergiants- Revival of the Underdogs

Rising Pune Supergiants(RPS) started their IPL weakly by winning just 1 of their first 4 matches but they picked up the pace and won 8 of their next 10 matches to finish second on the table.  After a disastrous first campaign and a bad start no one thought they would even make it to the playoffs.They made the most out their 14 crore man Ben Stokes who had a very big hand in their revival. Rahul Tripathi also was very handy in the group stages scoring 388 in the group stages. With the ball Jaydev Unadkat has been brilliant taking 22 wickets, second only to Bhuvneswar Kumar in the race for the purple cap and also claiming a hat trick.Pune also made a solid start in the playoffs by winning the first qualifier against Mumbai Indians, a team they have beaten 3 times this IPL. Mumbai are the table toppers but they have struggled to beat pune this year.Before the start of this edition of IPL, it was announced that Steve Smith will be the captain for RPS this year. It was a move heavily criti…
Cricket India Academy Under-14 Premier League, the first pink ball tournament in the Under-14 age category in Mumbai

Cricket India Academy (CIA), the largest network of cricket academies in India successfully conducted the inaugural Under 14 Premier League at cricket stadium of Lodha Palava. With a tremendous response from the local spectators and from the most integral stake holders of the event that are parents, we at CIA could were able to provide a wonderful platform to the gen next of the cricketing culture.
The five teams participating were themed after the mystic birds of the world namely Eagle Warriors, Janki Kites, Palava Hawks, Dani Phoenix and Bright Garud. With a total of 65 participants from all over the city and the suburbs, we were extremely blessed with some of the elite talent in the city for the age group. With dynamic batting displays and the spins that could bamboozle the seasoned batsmen, these kids left nothing to desire for.
After the first league rounds, the lead…