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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…