Untold Stories

Untold Stories

GETTING YOU EVEN CLOSER TO YOUR FAVOURITE CRICKETERS

Get to know the incredible stories of perseverance, funny incidents, lesser known facts, dressing room talks and anecdotes of your favourite cricketers and how they got closer to the game. Untold Stories brings you some of the greatest cricketing and cricketer stories, up, close and personal.

Counter the swing

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Virender Sehwag is known for his unorthodox batting technique, and the huge success he achieved because of the ‘see ball, hit ball’ method. It turns out that he used this method to counter dangerous swing bowling too, but not in a way that you would expect. When he was playing for the English county Leicestershire, […]

The shot that wasn’t

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When a maverick like Kevin Pietersen is on the ground, anything can happen. He has taken blinders as a fielder, dropped dollies, hit sixes at will, gave his wicket away to the dolliest of deliveries, dismissed batsmen with his innocuous bowling… You get the gist. But on a fateful day in May 2006, he managed […]

No Gayle Storm in Bangalore!

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When West Indies plays a cricket match, fans usually expect Chris Gayle to go all guns blazing right from the start. But during the 2016 World T20 match between West Indies and Sri Lanka though, he wasn’t allowed to bat – he was literally dragged from near the boundary ropes to inside the stadium’s facilities […]

A Deflected Six

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Hitting a six requires considerable batting ability, even in the age of huge bats and small grounds. That’s why, it was a shock to everyone when Jeet Raval struck an Andrew Ellis delivery for a six – via a hit to the bowler’s head! Jeet Raval was batting magnificently – he would go onto score […]

The greatest Innings of all time

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Jason Gillespie rewrote the record books in 2006, when he scored 201 not out – after coming in to bat at no. 3 as a night watchman. In fact, he is the only batsman to make a Test double century and average under 20! If you thought he would be gracious in the face of […]

Running away from the strike

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Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly formed the most prolific opening partnership in the history of ODI cricket – but they had their minor squabbles too. In most of the matched that they opened together, it was Ganguly who took the strike of the first ball, and that was not because of any plan or strategy […]

It’s raining money

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“It’s raining runs” or “It’s raining wickets” is what we usually hear when cricketers are involved; but in 1979, when Australia toured India, the ‘rain’ was of a completely different kind. One of the matches during that tour was scheduled in Kanpur, a sleepy town in Uttar Pradesh. The Australian players had nothing else to […]

Makhaya’s lucky No. 2

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Makhaya Ntini is the first black African to represent South Africa in test cricket – and is credited with inspiring many underprivileged black Africans to take up the game. Before he was a world-famous cricketer, though, he was a barefooted cattle herder in the rural Eastern Cape. He and his friends had an unusual way […]

IN WITH A WIN

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Playing in a world cup is a monumental event for associate nations, and winning a match is considered extremely lucky. But Zimbabwe, on their world cup debut in 1983, in their first – ever official international match, managed to pull out exactly that: Defeat a test team. The architect of the victory was Duncan Fletcher, […]

VICTORY FOR THE AGES

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Leading their country to victory in any form of sport is a dream most of us have, and by the time we cross 30, we usually give up on those dreams. In Munir Dar’s case though, the dream became a reality when he was 40. When he was included in the team to play in […]