Suzie Bates, the captain of the New Zealand Women cricket team, recently became the first player to win both the ICC Women’s ODI and the T20I player of the year awards announced on Wednesday.

In w2013, she had been named won the women’s ODI player of the year award. However, this would be the very first time she’s being named the T20I player of the year

In making their choice for the selection, the ICC took into consideration, the 12 months period between September 14, 2015 and September 20, 2016, which saw the Women’s World T20 being played in India this year, with the Women’s Championship just recently concluded.

In seven ODI innings, Bate scored 472 runs, which placed her at an average of 94.40, at the second position, just behind the 506 runs from 10 innings scored by Trisha Chetty.

The period also saw Bates with eight wickets during the period at an economy rate of 3.75 which was the second-highest for a New Zealand player, after that of Erin Berningham, at 14 wickets. Read More »

Glenn Maxwell’s scream after one of his cut shots

Glenn Maxwell’s scream after one of his cut shots went over the second slip for four to take him into three figures in the on-going Ranchi test match showed how desperate he was for a knock like that.

There was a sense of pride and satisfaction in that celebration and of course a little bit of relief as well.

He was over the moon, was Maxwell and why wouldn’t he be? It was not only a hundred, but, a statement to those who had given him no chance to come good at the test level.

As per Maxwell, if he had not scored runs in this test match, it was possible that he would never have appeared in the whites for Australia again and he didn’t want it to be the case because the longest format of the game is just so special for him.

Maxwell revealed that the previous night was pretty tough as he was struggling to have some sleep. He was imagining what could be in store for him on Day 2 and a lot of the things that were coming in his mind were negative only. Read More »


Sam Billings is hoping that he can go ahead to perform very well and impress crowds in the Sydney Sixers Big Bash League Season six campaign. This he hopes he can achieve before the Ashes tour starting next year.

A seasoned ODI and T20I England player, Billings has set his mind and heart on a call to the England’s Test Squad.

So far, the Kent right-hander had been in the works to make sure he gains all the necessary experience needed him to become a regular for the team in all formats.

Billings has had stints in the Pakistan Super League and the Indian Premier League and was recently selected to participate in the upcoming limited overs tour holding in India.

Billings talked about how his participation in some of these tournaments has helped him develop himself and adapt well to all conditions. Read More »

BCCI Prefers Hiring Professional Coaches from Outside India

It seems not a lot of coaching professionals outside of India are willing to be hired by the BCCI as the advertisement released by the Cricket board for the post of the head coach has not drawn much interest from overseas.

The India coaching job is one of the most lucrative jobs in world Cricket and thus, a number of top coaches from around the world were believed to put their names forward for that, but, so far, only a couple of applications have come from the foreigners.

The coaches are now increasingly getting hesitant in associating themselves with any of the international teams because of the devotion of time it requires.

They would rather take up the opportunities coming from the franchises of the twenty 20 leagues as that sort of job would keep them away from home only for a period of 6 to 8 weeks.

People like Tom Moody and Gary Kirsten who have had immense success coaching at the international level with Sri Lanka and India are now involved only in the leagues.

While, Kirsten was the head coach of the Delhi Daredevils in the 2014 and the 2015 Season, Moody has been in the same capacity at the Hyderabad franchise for the past three years.
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India registered second successive win in the ongoing Asia Cup

India registered second successive win in the ongoing Asia Cup by beating Pakistan by 5 wickets.

It was a world class display of bowling and fielding by the Indian team as they got the Pakistanis dismissed for just 83 runs.

The Indians were red hot from the word go and they just didn’t give the opposition any sniff on the field. It was thoroughly professional from them.

Pakistanis, on the other hand, were pretty school-boyish in their approach. There were a couple of run outs for them and on both the occasions, the running was pretty senseless.

Especially, the second one which was of their skipper Shahid Afridi, it was a total error in judgement.

The back foot punch on the leg side by Afridi was going towards Ravindra Jadeja, the fastest fielder in the world at the moment.

Given Jadeja’s speed and his rocket arm, there was no question of a second there, but, Afridi, for some reason, had a brain fog and he took Jadeja on and that was his downfall right there. Read More »

Mohammad Shami gets fit and is available to be picked in the playing XI

If Mohammad Shami gets fit and is available to be picked in the playing XI, it would create a bit of a dilemma for the skipper MS Dhoni.

The current first choice fast bowlers i.e. Nehra and Bumrah, they are going superbly and are executing each and every plan of the team management.

They have done so at least in the two series that they have played together as a pair so far.

If they keep the same sort of form in the Asia Cup and then, Shami proves his fitness as well and is back in the mix, MS Dhoni would be scratching his head whom to leave out of the three when the World Twenty 20 Championship comes along.

As far as Shami is concerned, he is someone whom Dhoni has always put his faith in and to his credit, the West Bengal quick  has never really disappointed the captain especially in white ball Cricket.

In the One Day International World Cup, Shami was instrumental in helping India march to the semis.

So, in normal circumstances, one would believe that once he is available, he walks straight into the XI, but, at the moment, it would be very, very unfair to drop either of Nehra or Bumrah.

And, of course in the World Championship games, you can’t go with more than two fast bowlers as they would be played in Indian conditions.

It would probably depend on how much match practice Shami is able to have under his belt going into the World Championship. Read More »