There are good players, there are bad players, and then, there are gifted players. These players, more often than not, are impact players who possess the ability to turn a match on its head. Numbers don’t matter to them. What defines them is the impact they have on a particular match. Above that, it is their ability to score vital runs under precarious situations that allows them to carve out a unique identity for themselves. Simply put, these players are called game-changers. Suresh Raina, the middle-order batsman from India, is one such player.
He might not be a perfect physical specimen, he might not possess the best batting technique, and he has also been caught wanting against the short-pitched deliveries, but despite all his flaws and limitations, this lad from Uttar Pradesh has all the characteristics needed by a batsman to become a match winner. Continue reading “We Haven’t Appreciated Suresh Raina Enough…”
An eye-pleasing batting technique, a hunger to score hundreds, an ability to play the big shots when needed, Lokesh Rahul has every single attribute a batsman needs to succeed at the international level. Despite putting in all the hard yards, Rahul is seen warming the benches most of the time. It is quite disheartening to see a player as talented as KL Rahul is struggling to cement his place is the playing XI. Continue reading “The curious case of Lokesh Rahul”
Elegant, classical, and watchful, Alvin Kallicharran was, in all fairness, one of the world’s most accomplished left-handers in the 1970s. It was a time when the West Indies dominated the world of cricket. The likes of Sir Vivian Richards, Clive Lloyd, and Desmond Haynes made the opposition’s bowlers look ordinary. The men from the Caribbean had everything, right from world-class seamers in Garner, Marshall, and Roberts to game-changing batsmen in Haynes, Greenidge, Gomes, Lloyd, and Richards.
Continue reading “Remembering Alvin Kallicharran: A southpaw from an era gone by”