White Lightning

August 28, 2016 by achyuth

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

August 28, 2016 by achyuth

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

August 28, 2016 by achyuth

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

August 28, 2016 by achyuth

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. …


Sanath Jayasuriya, Wills Quadrangular Tournament, Pakistan, 1997

August 28, 2016 by achyuth

It won’t be ironic if I say that T20 is more of batsmen’s game. Because things are prepared like that with shorter grounds, more fielding restrictions and more restrictions on bowlers’ array. During the seventies and eighties seldom you could see batsmen’s strike rate above nineties with the exception of Viv Richards and Kapil Dev. …


Adam Gilchrist, Australia tour of South Africa, 2002

August 28, 2016 by achyuth

Image courtesy © Peter J Heeger   Whenever Australia tour South Africa I would follow most matches of that tour. Because I have not seen anyone thrashing South Africa in South Africa consistently on a comprehensive basis other than Australia. English team also has good winning percentage there. All the Asian teams have struggled there …