Book Review: Marcus Trescothick continued racking up runs for Somerset till he was 43, but rather than the cricketer he was or the cricketer he could have been, he would be remembered for his taboo-breaking memoir.
The Maharaj of Indian cricket: None in his kingdom has seen him bat, but each time he returned from England, the story goes, he brought a pile of bats, leather balls, and other cricketing paraphernalia that he gifted to his friends, nephews and relatives.
Jesse Ryder sprung back into public consciousness when the country had nearly forgotten his name. The sudden reason for the recollection was the same as that for which they once consigned him as their fallen hero.
Colin de Grandhomme's utility can't be gauged through numbers. His 43 in the first innings in Wellington and 26 in the first innings in Christchurch turned out to be precious for his team. Add to that the wicket of Virat Kohli in the second innings of the Christchurch Test.
It offered a timely reality check on the quality of some of the players, opened the eyes to their glaring ineptness, cut open the flaws papered over by home games, and a forewarning that it’s time India revised their plans.
Authorities have been reluctant to sanction multi-storey stands in the stadium, and have stressed on earthquake-resilient buildings across the city. Today, the tallest building in Christchurch is the 282-foot Pacific Tower.
Ishant, though jet-lagged and sleep-deprived, not only played the entire 1st Test but also was India’s most potent bowler picking five wickets for 68 runs in the first innings, looking as sharp as he had been before getting injured.
Since 2017, Ravindra Jadeja has hoarded 996 runs in 31 innings at an average of 49.80. R Ashwin has eked out only 573 runs at 17.36 with a lone fifty-plus score. Jadeja has rattled 10 half-centuries and a hundred.
Tim Southee's cerebral quotient is often understated or overshadowed in the maverick brilliance of Trent Boult and the swagger of Neil Wagner. Yet, in the last two years he has had more success than them.