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Ajay Suresh takes a look at each IPL team and analyses their strenghts, weakness and chances for success in the IPL 2014 Team Previews.
An original TWP production reliving the Sachin years.
Guest writer, Deepak Balamurali writes a tribute to India's greatest cricketer.
A look at India's latest move of promoting Suresh Raina to the no.4 spot in ODIs.
We review Cricket Coach 2014 and talk about all the new features
We review International Cricket Captain 2013 and talk about all the new features
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|Ranji's famous leg-glance|
"In Max Bonnell's new biography, he describes JJ Ferris' match-winning bowling at Lord's in 1888: eight wickets in 44 overs for 45 runs with only two leg-side fielders, at mid-on and long-on. It indicates, as Bonnell observes, "phenomenal control"; what it doesn't suggest is enormous initiative on the part of the batsmen.
Partly this was native English constipation. As a schoolboy at Repton at the time, CB Fry was told that "if one hit the ball in an unexpected direction on the on side, intentionally or otherwise, one apologized to the bowler… The opposing captain never, by any chance, put a fieldsman there; he expected you to drive on the off side like a gentleman."So to score on the leg-side was considered ungentlemanly, and even worse showed that one's skills in batting was next to none as one couldn't observe 'phenomenal control' and drive like a man would. In other words it was a cowardly to play leg-side. Haigh presents us more blasts from the past and speaks of the Aussies and their approach to the English constipation of the game.
"And while Australians were not quite so hidebound, they had their own inhibitions, as Monty Noble recalled: "When I first wielded a bat it was considered distinctly bad cricket to pull on the on-side, where there were no fieldsmen, a ball pitched outside the off stump or on the wicket. It had, forsooth, to be played in the regular and approved manner either straight or to the off-side where there were nine and often ten obliging fielders waiting to gather it in. The batsman was supposed to wait until the bowler lost his accuracy and direction and at length pitched one outside the leg stump before it was polite to dispatch it for four to where no fieldsman lurked."So again the story remained more or less the same. Simply put, it was considered outrageous to score runs in places where the fielders weren't placed as it wasn't fair and gentlemanly. Of course that sounds almost senile now, but back then it was the approved form of cricket until of course some Aussies who cared little about convention, traditions or gentlemanly approach, helped by one of the most astounding and stellar sights in English cricket then - Ranji, threw the practice right out the window.
|Clarke with his Allan Border medal|
"It is an honour to win an individual award on a night like tonight but it's more about the team. I would love to see the Australian cricket team standing on a stage in the near future winning the best sporting team in this country or the best sporting team in the world. Something like that is my goal and I know it's the players' goal as well. It is nice to win another Allan Border Medal and just as special as the first time I won but I'd love to see the team up there winning awards more than individual players."Great captains have always been people who think about the larger picture and the team and Clarke is doing the same. Great leaders create a culture where the team is always greater than the individual and Graeme Smith who recently led South Africa for the 100th test and Stephen Flemming - arguably cricket's greatest leader emphasis on that one point above everything and I'm sure that Clarke by the end of his career can be mentioned next to these two great leaders.