Category: Analysis & Reports

No more saliva shine in cricket: What it means, what it changes and what are the alternatives in the ‘new normal’

The saliva based method is based more on polishing than soaking. When saliva is used to shine the ball, the ball is immediately rubbed against the trousers. This removes the excess moisture from the ball, but the other elements of saliva -presumably the mucus- provide a slickness that helps in the shining.

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IPL 2017: Washington Sundar provided balance to RPS’s bowling unit in win over MI

Sundar’s spell also allowed Smith to hold back Tahir until the 10th over, when Rohit Sharma walked in. Tahir had taken three wickets against MI in their last meeting, including R0hit’s. So Smith waited till the second wicket fell, and only then used his premier spinner. While Tahir did not dislodge Rohit, he did account for the other dangerman Kieron Pollard, giving Pune a sniff. Overall, it was a good day for the RPS leadership, with team selections and on-field decisions proving astute.

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India vs Australia: Mitchell Starc can grow into the all-rounder that visitors desperately need

Should Australia allow Starc to grow into an all-rounder, there are two aspects to consider. The upside is naturally the options it would allow them. In place of Mitchell Marsh, they could play an extra batsman, considering the premium runs will be at on this tour. If need be, Maxwell could come in as the spin bowling all-rounder. A third seamer could be played when conditions demand one.

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India vs New Zealand: Another Ashwin masterclass ruins Black Caps’ best batting display on tour

It would not be surprising if Ashwin’s childhood coach turned out to be an old-school curmudgeon, whose pedagogy involved being stingy with praise and generous with his cane. Such coaches would only acknowledge a wicket if it satisfied two conditions: First, it should be of the best batter in the opposition. And second, that it be either bowled, LBW, or caught behind.

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