by Divyam Arora
José Mourinho claimed his 100th victory in Premier League by winning 3-1 against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge, just like he had got off the mark in 2004. He did so in record number of games. It took him 142 games to do so, beating Ferguson’s record of 162. As a testimonial of his contribution to the English game José received an award form Football Writers’ Association just hours after the game on Sunday.
by Sajed Ahmed
The Ashes is one of the oldest rivalries in cricket history. For almost 135 years now, the Englishmen and the Aussies have battled it out to gain possession of The Ashes. Countless heroes have emerged, failures have never been bigger, and the performance of a player in any Ashes tour has and will never be forgotten. It’s been a little more than two weeks since Michael Clarke went down in the history books as the third Australian captain to achieve a whitewash in the Ashes after WW Armstrong in 1920/21 and Ricky Ponting in 2006/07.
by Sajed Ahmed
I said it right. Murali Vijay has greatly contributed to Team India’s performance in South Africa. I’m not talking about his 97 in the first innings of the second test. I’m talking about every innings of his in this other than the last one. Understanding this requires a look into the dynamics of the South African side, their history and of course some statistics.
The South African team has been quite old school with their approach to test cricket even in the modern era. Their strategy: Brute force, and it has worked out very well for them. Number 1 test team, it doesn’t get any better than that. If you take a look at the top wicket takers of South Africa of all time you would see that all of them are fast bowlers. At the top we have Shaun Pollock with a tally of 395 wickets, followed by Makhaya Ntini with 390, Dale Steyn with 347, my personal favorite Allan Donald with 330 and Jacques Kallis with 292(as of November 2013). South Africa’s most successful spinner is Paul Adams at 134 wickets to his name. This piece of statistic gives an insight into the modus operandi of the South African attack right from the early 90’s. The South Africans have a simple yet effective strategy to get the job done and that is two front line fast bowlers clocking at around 140 kmph, 2 medium fast bowlers and sometimes when playing in Asia, a spinner.