The Complete Batsman

Image courtesy © Gallo Images   I will be lying if I say that Abraham Benjamin de Villiers who is fondly known as “AB” is not a complete batsman. The kind of cricket shots he plays in all formats cannot be played by all. He can play 360 degree of the wicket and that makes …


Memories of first Mumbai trip

Image courtesy © Getty Images   I always say to my close circle of friends that when you recollect various events, and when you have other important memories connected with what you recollect, then it becomes very special. This innings of Adam Gilchrist is one among them. It was not only because of the way …


White Lightning

Image courtesy © Getty Images   Allan Donald who was rightly known as “White Lightning” was a complete package in terms of fast bowling. He had pace, bounce, swing, rhythmic action, aggression and “sledging”. During the seventies and eighties bowlers of many teams could consistently bowl fast. But during the early and mid nineties there were not …


The bowling all-rounder

Image courtesy © Getty Images   Shaun Pollock. One of the best all-rounders. He is known for his excellent bowling. But he was really good at batting too. I must say the Proteas didn’t use his full potential as a batsman. Maybe they had other all-rounders like Jacques Kallis, Lance Klusener and Andrew Hall. When …


The Matara Mauler

Image Courtesy © Getty Images   After losing the first 4 matches, Engand scored 321 in the fifth match and hoped that they are certainly in the hunt. But Jayasuriya had other plans. He simply destroyed the English bowling attack and Sri Lanka won the match with 75 balls to spare. He was 37 at that …


Adam Gilchrist, Australia tour of New Zealand, 2005, 1st test

Image courtesy © Getty Images   Once again I have deviated quite well from a conversation and reached at the topic cricket. This time I discussed with my friend about the specified mandatory hours for our profession, the recent launching of new cars and a nice ride in the coming weekend before talking about cricket. …