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Shamik Chakrabarty


Mohun Bagan-ATK join hands, ISL gets new fan base
Fri, Jan 17, 2020

The ISL has been officially declared India’s premier football league, with the champions getting direct entry to the AFC Champions League group stage competition from the next season.

Explained: Why BCCI’s denial of contract to Dhoni does not mean he’s over
Fri, Jan 17, 2020

The BCCI annual player contracts are meant for those who are available to play for India. Dhoni hasn’t played any competitive cricket after the 2019 World Cup. He was on a Rs 5-crore, Grade A contract during the last one-year cycle.

BCCI unlikely to support four-day Tests idea
Tue, Jan 14, 2020

The world cricket’s governing body is reportedly eager to push for a mandatory abbreviated version of Test cricket as part of the World Test Championship from 2023 onwards.

Aditya Sarwate and Akshay Wakhare, spinning arms in Vidarbha’s success
Mon, Jan 13, 2020

Sarwate was the wrecker-in-chief, as defending champions Vidarbha rolled over Bengal inside two days in their Ranji Trophy match at Nagpur.

Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav wants to re-invent himself after below-par year
Fri, Jan 10, 2020

The left-arm chinaman bowler was accounted for three sixes and two fours before he dismissed Ali off the final ball of the over. Kuldeep looked broken. He was on his knees and didn’t join the team huddle.

Nine out of top 10 bowlers — and 17 out of top 20 — in the latest ICC Test rankings are pacers
Thu, Jan 09, 2020

The latest ICC Test bowling rankings have only Ashwin as a spinner in the top 10. In the top 20, the number of spinners is three, with the inclusion of Nathan Lyon and Jadeja. World cricket is witnessing a ‘pace age’ redux.

Never over for England till Ben Stokes tolls at the middle
Wed, Jan 08, 2020

From the World Cup final Lord’s to the second Test against South Africa at Newlands, via the ‘Miracle of Headingly 2019’, Stokes has emerged as the biggest match-winner in contemporary cricket.

Ranji Trophy: Ritwik Roy Chowdhury, Abhimanyu Easwaran rise to the challenge
Tue, Jan 07, 2020

Bengal will miss their pace spearhead Ishan Porel in the next match against Vidarbha, with the latter joining India A for the New Zealand tour.

Coach or pundit: CAB’s ultimatum to Bengal coaches
Tue, Jan 07, 2020

As per the BCCI constitution, team officials/support staff doing commentary comes under tractable conflicts.

New Hope: Taking lessons from the rough side of life, Akash Deep roughens up Gujarat
Mon, Jan 06, 2020

He is Bengal’s new fast-bowling hope, along with Ishan Porel. He is a 135kph bowler with the potential to bowl consistently at 140 if he works on his fitness, endurance and strength-building.

Tale of two friends: Jasprit Bumrah took elevator, Priyank Panchal keeps climbing stairs
Sat, Jan 04, 2020

Priyank Panchal was picked for India A and showed consistency with three centuries in four series. But even after Murali Vijay's exit and Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul's loss of form, he wasn't considered for the Indian team.

For Rishabh Pant, important thing is to shut out the noise, says Parthiv Patel
Fri, Jan 03, 2020

There has been some similarity between Parthiv’s early days and Pant’s fledgling career.

You can’t say it doesn’t hurt, Hanuma Vihari on IPL snub
Sun, Dec 29, 2019

At the 2020 IPL auction, franchises broke the bank for lesser players, cricket-wise. Vihari, after being released by Delhi Capitals, went unsold.

Ranji Trophy: Ishan Porel takes three on a truncated day
Sat, Dec 28, 2019

The young Bengal fast-medium bowler opened the game for his team and then kept the bonus points hope alive, even though only 46 overs had been possible on the third day.

Delhi U-23 players ‘harass’ women at X-mas party in Kolkata, sent home
Sat, Dec 28, 2019

Two Delhi Under-23 cricketers have been sent back home for alleged misconduct during a Christmas party at a Kolkata hotel, ahead of the team’s CK Nayudu Trophy match against Bengal.

National selector Devang Gandhi removed from dressing room after Manoj Tiwary’s complaint
Fri, Dec 27, 2019

This happened during the second day’s play of the Ranji Trophy match between Bengal and Andhra at Eden Gardens. Gandhi, though, denied the allegation.

National selector Devang Gandhi removed from Bengal dressing-room post Manoj Tiwary’s complaint
Thu, Dec 26, 2019

National selector Devang Gandhi has been removed from the Bengal Ranji team dressing-room after Manoj Tiwary raised a complaint to the anti-corruption about his presence.

Ranji Trophy: Elegant but effective, Abhishek Raman proves his worth again
Thu, Dec 26, 2019

In a Bengal batting line-up that greatly depends on Abhimanyu Easwaran and Manoj Tiwary to flourish, Raman is offering the much-needed reliability at the top.

Ranji Trophy: Ashok Dinda axed from Bengal squad for ‘abusing’ bowling coach
Wed, Dec 25, 2019

The veteran medium pacer, who has 420 wickets from 116 first-class matches, “abused” the team’s bowling coach Ranadeb Bose after the pre-match practice session on Tuesday.

From The Ranji Archive: UPstarts’ upswing
Wed, Dec 25, 2019

After decades of flattering to deceive, Uttar Pradesh finally burned their underachievers' tag. But the triumph, after a disastrous start to the season, required a shake-up of dressing-room ethos, Mohammad Kaif's inspired leadership, and the blossoming of tyros like Suresh Raina and Praveen Kumar.