As many as 872 sixes were struck in the last edition of the IPL, ostensibly showing the inflating currency of the riskiest yet the most profitable shot in the game. With the increasing reliance on the shot, T20 cricket has begun to increasingly borrow from baseball.
The new Shami might be angrier, even demonstrative, but his ODI craft seems to be moving closer to attaining its zen. Nothing is more revelatory than his second spells these days, when he arrives with match-swaying bursts.
Months before the World Cup, days before the India-Australia five match series, cricket seems like a six-hitters’ game. A look at how the likes of Chris Gayle, Jos Buttler, Kusal Perera, Glenn Maxwell, Rohit Sharma have minimized the risk in scoring the maximum.
From Shane Warne and Brad Hogg to MS Dhoni and Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav has had an assortment of teachers to look up to. Sandip G on the chinaman who after his fiver at Sydney is being called India's most exciting and fastest improving all-format bowler.
Rahul Dravid is shepherding the next wave of cricketers who will form the crux of the national team. Following him like the Pied Piper of Hamelin, the wards — whose life, Dravid has helped guide onto the right track — pen their testimonials.