Shaan Tahir

  • TIt’s been 40 years since the start of the World Cup. At the beginning of this prestigious tournament we had one team that completely dominated international cricket who were referred to as the ‘kaali aandhi’, they were none other than the West Indies. They won two World Cups in a ...

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  • TWe officially have two host teams in the final. Archrivals Australia and New Zealand. It's truly going to be a final of the best teams in the tournament. The Kiwis beat South Africa to come in the finals and Australia beat the defending champions India yesterday. Any of the semi final teams were ...

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  • TIt was not fair to see the South Africans lose. You can tell by the tears in their eyes how hard they have worked to become one of the best teams in the world. They have excelled in every aspect of the game and have every reason to have that level of belief in their abilities to win the World Cup. ...

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  • TIf you wanted a match worthy of a World Cup semifinal, then yesterday was your day. It was a remarkable contest between two gigantic teams. South Africa was amazing in their first innings and scored a massive total. If their innings was not interrupted by rain they might have scored more than the ...

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  • TPakistan has a new hero. He's the one responsible for lessening the hurt of losing the quarterfinal. His effort and passion won the nation's hearts. He is none other than Wahab Riaz. In a way it's wrong to say he's a 'new' hero since Pakistan have always thrived on fast bowlers who have made a mark ...

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  • TThe first semi final kicks off tomorrow. The destructive Kiwis vs the might Proteas. Its going to be one hell of a match. New Zealand's winning streak in the World Cup continues and their performance just keeps getting better. Their team works together so beautifully with everyone complimenting ...

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  • TGrowing up playing and watching cricket, there's one thing that needs to be instilled in your head: catches win matches. It is something everyone has heard over and over again. Sometimes people think it's so obvious that they don't even mention it. However, the importance of this statement can ...

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  • TPakistan is officially out of the World Cup. Even though it should not have been a problem, but qualifying for the quarterfinals seemed like the biggest challenge and we managed to pull through. What is important in all of this is how we did that. With the absence of so many of our top players, ...

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  • TWe bid farewell to two legends of the game yesterday. Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardena. They have been the backbone of Sri Lankan batting for what seems like forever now. They have steered their team to countless victories. They have seen the team through numerous ups and downs. Both of them ...

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  • TIf Bangladesh has any chance to win tomorrow’s match, they will have to roll back time and repeat the heroics of the 2007 World Cup when they managed to knock India out of the running. They displayed a stellar bowling performance getting India out cheaply for just 191 runs. Even though they ...

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  • TThe time has come that all of us were waiting for. The knockout stages of the World Cup begin tomorrow. It's do or die for every team now. There is going to be no confusion about the net run rate and all the teams need to do to progress to the semifinals is win. So let's take a look at all the ...

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  • TJust a little over a month ago when the World Cup started, Pakistan was looking to start fresh in the tournament after consecutive losses in two ODI series and the warm up matches. The start was quite horrendous. The team failed to put up performances of the caliber of the other teams and saw ...

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  • TEveryone, including myself, thought it quite a surprise that Bangladesh made it through to the quarterfinals. Even though they did not win their match against New Zealand, their performance was no less than any top team in the world. They were on the field with a purpose. They wanted to prove they ...

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  • TThe best and the worst part about World Cups is that it gets absolutely everyone involved. What I mean by that is that even people who do not follow cricket end up watching almost every match. It's good because you can share the joy and happiness and excitement with everyone around you. The bad ...

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  • TThe quarterfinals start exactly a week from now and it’s absolutely clear which four teams are going through from pool A. New Zealand, Australia, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh have qualified from the first pool. The Kiwis are definitely going to top the table but the rest of the teams are still ...

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  • TBefore the World Cup started, everyone predicted the top 8 teams in the world to go through in the quarterfinals. For most, the fun part of the tournament was going to begin from the next round when all the lesser teams were out of the running. That changed yesterday. Bangladesh defeated England to ...

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  • TAs much as the cricketing fans anticipated otherwise, the World Cup has been dominated by the bat. The fact that the tournament was in Australia and New Zealand meant that the bowlers would play a much bigger part in the matches than they have up till now. 300 has been scored by teams batting first ...

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  • TPakistan has done the impossible. A team that is renowned for its unpredictability has lived up to its reputation. Beating South Africa was somehow never an option. Every single person had written off this match and were banking on Pakistan winning against Ireland to qualify for the quarterfinals. ...

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  • TToday I want to talk about a couple of rules in cricket and especially the ones used in the World Cup. Firstly, I want to discuss the rules of a no ball in cricket. When a bowler delivers the ball, whether it’s a no ball or not is determined by the first impact of the foot. Even if the foot ...

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  • TPakistan have finally shown they have arrived at the World Cup to play some competitive cricket. Their match yesterday against UAE was probably the easiest match in the pool but given Pakistan’s previous performances, a good outing was a must. Our team finally has some breathing space in the ...

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  • TThis is how you play against a weaker time. Yes, I'm referring to yesterday's match between Ireland and South Africa. The Proteas completely dominated the match from the word go. We have seen how 300 has become quite a normal score in the World Cup but South Africa are taking it to the next level. ...

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  • TIt seems like ages ago now but there was a time in the recent past when we had Saeed Ajmal, Shahid Afridi, Mohammad Hafeez and Junaid Khan in our team. They formed our bowling line up which if not the best, was one of the best in the world. At that time, batting first and scoring around 230 was ...

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