Arguably the two finest wicketkeepers of their generation, yet neither could forge a consistent England Test career in an era dominated by the theory that keepers also needed to be matchwinning batsmen
The number 99.94 is so phenomenal, astounding, intimidating, and awe-inspiring at the same time that the mind refuses to think beyond it. While the world knows all about the greatest cricketer the world has seen, re-living Bradman trivia is probably still an exercise.
Afridi is still coming down the wicket to have those really intense mid-over chats. What on earth does he discuss? “Some say the end is near. Some say we’ll see armageddon soon”, or “I’m gonna try smack every ball for six, please get me back on strike”.
We can throw shade at MS Dhoni for failing to finish on occasion. We’re entitled to as expectant fans. But to doubt his eligibility or call for his removal from the ODI side is to saw off the branch the Indian team is sitting on.
Cricket takes time, and older players are one of the few social groups that are no longer time-poor. Many love the game but ended their club careers because they didn’t want to take up a place that might be filled by a young player. Age-group cricket relieves that burden, and offers a team full of peers to play with. For them it’s a place to belong again.
One of those rare moments in the history of the game when man’s best friend accompanied him on to the ground and ended up demolishing the opponents.
In 2004, Dinesh Chandimal stood on a hill and watched in horror his house being flooded and then being washed away. He resolved to fight for his family and take care of them. He did that through his cricket.