• Test Cricket's evil cousin T20 may have done enough harm to it by robbing it off its supporters, even its players who seemed to have given up on both the technique and temperament needed to play it. Yet, one might want to look beyond the usual charges against this snazzier format and acknowledge the good it's up to, however little. After all, not everything about anything can be absolutely and completely bad.

     

    Fear no more

     

    Playing the shortest format of the game has replaced the fear of getting out in a batsman with the confidence of succeeding even while playing marginally risky cricket. It has also encouraged many smart young cricketers to modify their game in a way that doesn't sacrifice their basic technique too much. Kohli, Rahane, Rohit are fine examples of embedding boundary fetching strokes in their repertoire without going too far away from the fundamentals.

     

    It's no longer necessary to hit a cross batted slog every time you need to up the ante. Also, a cross-batted slog,

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  • Why Rahane Is Here To Stay

     

     

    Moving away from the
    sick-bay that the Indian team has been this summer, there is a story waiting to
    be told or written about. And that story begins with a quote by Mike
    Singletary, a legendary American Football player and coach, who once said, "Do
    you know what my favourite part of the game is? The opportunity to play" -
    words that a young, ambitious lad from suburban Mumbai would quite agree with,
    for it has been his career's mantra.

     

    With a track record
    in domestic cricket (not IPL) worth dying for in four seasons (across
    competitions and mid-level tours), all that Ajinkya Rahane was waiting for,
    with a certain sense of imperturbability, was an opportunity to play for India
    and show what he was capable of. And boy, the three games he's played for India
    in the limited overs leg of this tour he's looked every bit of a top-grade
    cricketer, with a tick mark each for talent, technique and temperament, the
    cliched "three Ts" of international cricket. Rest assured, he's here to

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  • SM Marsh was
    capped by Australia in the second Test at Palekkele International Stadium which
    started on 08.09.11 providing the second pair of father and son to be capped by
    Australia. His father, the right-handed opener Geoff, had played 50 Tests. The
    first paid was EJ and SE Gregory.

     

    Test cricket
    has witnessed forty pairs of father and sons representing the same countries or
    different counties.

     

    Break up of
    this list country wise read thus - Australia {02}, England {12}, India {08},
    New Zealand {06}, Pakistan {02}, South Africa {05}, West Indies {04} and
    Zimbabwe {01}

     

     

    No

    Father and Son

    1

    EJ and SE Gregory (Aus)

    2

    GR and SM Marsh {Aus}

     

     

    1

    BC and SCJ Broad (Eng)

    2

    AR and MA Butcher (Eng)

    3

    MC and CS Cowdrey (Eng)

    4

    J Hardstaff snr and J
    Hardstaff jnr (Eng)

    5

    L and RA Hutton (Eng)

    6

    IJ and SP Jones (Eng)

    7

    FG and FT Mann (Eng)

    8

    JH and JM Parks (Eng)

    9

    A and RJ Sidebottom (Eng)

    10

    MJ and AJ Stewart (Eng)

    11

    FW and

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