A team that refused to lose

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 64,347 total views Siddhartha Vaidyanathan on a group that knew how to bounce back Winnipeg Hawks are the GT20 champions for 2019. The team that won two matches in the league stage; the team that sneaked into the Playoffs thanks to their Net Run-Rate; the team that won an eliminator that they had no business winning – and then pipped the most consistent team in a last-ball finish – clinched the climactic final in a Super Over. They were this close to being eliminated the league phase. Now they are champions.…

Cecil Pervez and a tense final over

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 64,372 total views Siddhartha Vaidyanathan on a bowler who both lost and won Winnipeg Hawks need 13 runs to enter the GT20 final. The man whom Brampton Wolves have picked to bowl that over is a 35-year-old medium-pacer who plays for Canada, Cecil Pervez. Cecil plays for the Shahid Afridi Cricket Club in Toronto. He was in high school when Afridi first played for Pakistan, when he reeled off that madcap hundred off 37 balls. For the next few years, Cecil “wanted to be Shahid Afridi”. He moved to Canada in…

An “8”, an extra umpire, and intentional drops

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 65,313 total views Dean Jones on the four big evolutions he wants to see in T20 By Siddhartha Vaidyanathan Dean Jones approached one-day cricket in the mid-’80s like many others would in the ’90s. He was one of the best when it came to running between the wickets, and he understood the importance of accelerating in the middle overs instead of sitting back and waiting for the last ten. He wore sunglasses to help him take catches when the ball disappeared in the glare of the sun. And he experimented with…

A Dummies Guide to Cricket

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 60,790 total views We respond to some Frequently Asked Questions by cricket newbies in North America Do they actually stop for tea? Do the players only wear whites? Do games really go on for five days? Do some games end without a winner? Our answer is always: Yes, yes, yes and yes but remember, this is true only for the oldest form of cricket. There are shorter versions of the game where these questions are irrelevant. Cricket has come a long way since when it was synonymous with the British empire. It…

A day that had (almost) everything

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 2,160 total views The moments that stood out on a wild, edge-of-the-seat Playoff Thursday It was a day packed with action. A day when Vancouver Knights booked a spot in the final, when Brampton Wolves braced themselves for a semi-final on Saturday, when Winnipeg Hawks just about qualified for the game on Saturday, and when Toronto Nationals were eliminated by a hairsbreadth. It rained a bit, then it rained fours and sixes. There were electric catches and magic deliveries. It’s now time to pick the best of the lot: Most inventive…

The Toronto Internationals

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 1,965 total views A look at how a team of diverse individuals combined for a clinical win The Toronto Nationals’ 35-run win over Montreal Tigers was a complete team effort. All eleven players had a role to play in a victory that ensured a place in the playoffs. To make matters interesting, the XI was as global as it gets. Here’s a brief summary of what happened: St Vincent-born Rodrigo Thomas – who is now settled in Canada – made an entertaining 70 with five fours and five meaty sixes. Partnering…

The two Yuvraj Singhs

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 1,320 total views Siddhartha Vaidyanathan on a champion – both on and off the cricket field Ever since he landed in Canada, for the second edition of the GT20 tournament, Yuvraj Singh has been entertaining requests. For selfies. For autographs. For handshakes. For interviews. He has had fans approaching him at restaurants. Fans approaching him before and after games. Fans approaching him in hotel lobbies. And fans approaching him in the Niagara Falls. They have thanked him for making the trip to Canada. For giving them a chance to see him…

At halfway mark, ticket sales going strong for #GT2019

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 2,153 total views At halfway mark, ticket sales going strong for #GT2019 Partial proceeds go to SickKids Foundation BRAMPTON, ONTARIO, CANADA, August 2, 2019 – It is halfway through the tournament, with the second double-header weekend coming up this weekend, organizers of the Global T20 Canada Cricket Tournament is expecting another major climb in ticket sales and they are proud to have partnered with Sick Kids Foundation in Canada, committing $0.50 from each ticket sold in the entire tournament to the Foundation. Four matches will be played during this double-header weekend. Tomorrow,…

Sandeep and Hayden Walsh Jr: remember the names

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 5,453 total views Siddhartha Vaidyanathan on two spinners who are on their way to inspire so many more Two legspinners. Both with a whiff of mystery. Both capable of attacking as well as defending. Both from countries without Test status. Both waiting their turn in the opening week of this year’s GT20. And both making the most of their first two chances. Sandeep Lamichhane, the prodigy from Nepal, recently turned 19. Hayden Walsh Jr., born in the US Virgin Islands, raised in Antigua and now playing for the USA national team,…

The Ish factor

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 5,403 total views Siddhartha Vaidyanathan on the bowler of the tournament so far Ten games into the second edition of the GT20 league and it’s hard to say who has been the most effective batsman. It has rained fours and sixes at the CAA Centre – and at no time was the onslaught as fierce as when Chris Gayle made an unbeaten 122 for Vancouver Knights – but the riches have been spread around. There is little doubt about the most effective bowler, though. And it’s a legspinner who has been running…