Free Press Journal
  • Cricket’s Lost Talents! Lakshmipathy Balaji: The smiling assassin who once hit Shoaib Akhtar for a six

    Cricket in India is primarily a batsman’s game and after producing Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar now we have Virat Kohli and we take great pride in that. Indian bowlers over the years have not got their due and you feel that we don’t appreciate bowling as much we should and that’s why there are no role models for kids to look up to when it comes to pace bowling.

  • First national conclave on Blind Cricket held in Delhi

    New Delhi: The first National Conclave on Blind Cricket was held on 9th March in New Delhi by Cricket Association for the Blind in India (CABI) in association with Induslnd Bank.

  • Ranji players unpaid over last two seasons by BCCI

    In an embarrassing news to the richest cricketing body in the world i.e. BCCI, cricketers across the country, for the second successive season, still await their BCCI-disbursed domestic cricket match fees. While most players have received part payment from state units, none of them have received the lion’s share of their annual earning drawn from 10.6 per cent of the BCCI’s total gross revenue.

  • Why Virat Kohli will never become people’s champion

    Doing the same thing again and again and expecting different results is called insanity. That is the textbook definition of insanity, but insanity can be measured in different contexts and as they say most artists, sportspersons, creative people are somewhat insane about their art and talent. India is such a huge country and everyone is an expert on politics, sports and entertainment and every celebrity’s life is scrutinised greatly.

  • Venkatesh Prasad resigns as Junior national selection chief

    New Delhi: Former India seamer Venkatesh Prasad today tendered his resignation from the post of chairman, junior national selection committee, less than a month after the country won the U-19 World Cup.

  • A Century is not Enough: Why Sourav Ganguly is still obsessed and paranoid about Greg Chappell?

    India is a country where cricket is treated like a religion and it supersedes everything when India is in action. Indian’s are generally very emotional and sometimes tend to get carried away. There is never a dull moment when cricket is going on and now former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly has come up with his autobiography ‘A Century is not Enough’ and it touches upon various aspects of his life and cricketing

  • India in South Africa Review: A massive missed opportunity, more Kohli specials, and spin wins!

    Eight wins, four losses, out of 12 matches, good performance, isn’t it? India’s much awaited tour of South Africa ended on February 24 (Saturday) with winning the third T20I at Cape Town by seven runs and with that visitors bagged the series 2-1. This performance comes after winning the ODI series 5-1 and losing the marquee Test series 2-1. The series was fascinating, to say the least, and it raises certain burning

  • Cricket’s Lost Talents! Aakash Chopra: How this underrated cricketer is now the voice of Indian cricket

    10 Test matches, 437 runs, two half-centuries, and an average of 23. Looking at this numbers you will get the feeling that we are talking about yet another unfulfilled career and you are right. The said numbers belong to former Indian opener and Test cricketer Aakash Chopra. Chopra, like many players, had the privilege and distinction of playing for India for a brief period of time and sadly his career couldn’t take

  • Cricket’s Lost Talents! Rudra Pratap Singh: How RP swung out of favour

    Irfan Pathan, Zaheer Khan, Ashish Nehra, Ajit Agarkar, Munaf Patel, Sreesanth, Rudra Pratap Singh are some of the bowlers produced by India during the early 2000s. Indian cricket never had the problem of producing a batsman, who could be very good, but when it came to bowling the choice was rather limited. Team India, after the infamous match-fixing saga, was at crossroads and the BCCI gave the captaincy to Sourav Ganguly and

  • Why Virat Kohli is bigger match-winner in ODI cricket compared to Sachin Tendulkar

    205 matches, 9,348 runs, 57.34 average, 34 centuries; 463 matches, 18,426 runs, 44.83 average, 49 centuries. Cricket is a peculiar game being played since 1877 and the above-mentioned statistics are not trivia but records of two of India’s greatest match winners. You have guessed it right its Virat Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar. Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli is going through a purple patch (for quite a while actually) and on this current

  • India vs South Africa: Why this Indian team deserves the tag of ‘tigers at home and lambs abroad’

    Oh, the inevitable finally happened. India, the No 1 ranked Test side in the world lost the second Test match against South Africa at SuperSport Park, Centurion by 135 runs and also lost the Test series. India’s tour to the Rainbow nation had started on a joyous note with India going to the country with high ambitions of winning its maiden series, but when the reality struck, this team

  • Cricket’s Lost Talents! Sanjay Manjrekar: Imperfect career in spite of a near-perfect technique

    What is the definition of success? How do you define a successful career? This question has been asked for centuries and we are still struggling to come up with an answer. Indian cricket has produced stalwarts such as Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, Sachin Tendulkar and now Virat Kohli, but it is humanly impossible to emulate them and many cricketers have fallen by the wayside and Sanjay Manjrekar, who is currently in the

  • Happy Birthday Rahul Dravid: Unseen pictures of ‘The Wall’ of Indian cricket

    Born on January 11, 1973, Rahul Dravid, famously called as ‘The Wall’ defined an entire era of cricket for his fans. Dravid started playing the sport at the age of 12 and went on to become one of India’s most-loved players. He is regarded as the player who was a master in Test cricket. There is yet to be another batsman who can be termed as ‘The Wall’ in

  • Cricket’s Lost Talents! Joginder Sharma: How that one over became lasting image for this cricketer

    Cricket is a very fickle game and everything is based on statistics and hard data. Sachin Tendulkar broke every record and played the game at the highest level for 24 years to achieve that. There are many players who have played the game for decades and can’t win any silverware and there are players who become world champions by playing very little and that is the beauty of this wonderful game. Once

  • MS Dhoni at 36 can beat players of 26: Ravi Shastri slams critics

    New Delhi: Fitter and faster than players 10years his junior, Mahendra Singh Dhoni is irreplaceable in the Indian ODI team right now, feels national coach Ravi Shastri, who says critics should perhaps analyse their own careers at 36 before finding faults in the former captain. Dhoni’s form with the bat has been heavily scrutinised in the recent past with every failure being looked upon as an ominous sign.

  • Flashback 2017! Looking back at Indian cricket and its great ‘home run’

    As 2017 is coming to a close, cricket in India once again hit the popularity chart and the past year was no different. Indian cricket was successful on and off the field and both men and women made name for themselves by performing in various matches and tournaments. Indian team hit new highs under the leadership of Virat Kohli, the men in blue enjoyed a year where most things went according to

  • Virat Kohli in 2017: How the King of Cricket rewrote the rules of the game

    The year 2017 is coming to a close and the Indian Republic has a lot to cheer about for the events that happened in the past one year. Indian cricket, in general, enjoyed a productive time and one man that stands out is Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli. Kohli in 2017 set new benchmarks and created a legacy that will be very hard to beat and the skipper also had the added responsibility of