Ayaz Memon

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Ayaz Memon is a senior journalist who has been writing on the sport for over 40 years.

Stories By Ayaz Memon

India vs Australia: There's a reason it's called Test cricket and Ayaz Memon explains why

India vs Australia: There's a reason it's called Test cricket and Ayaz Memon explains why

Unlike in limited overs cricket, a result is not guaranteed. But that does not whittle the appeal of a Test match, if the teams are compe...Read More

Small win but momentum matters

Small win but momentum matters

Defeats in the first two ODIs can’t be glossed over. To put it bluntly, India were outplayed and outclassed in all three departments. At ...Read More

Virus at crease is more daunting
than Virat Kohli's paternity leave

Virus at crease is more daunting than Virat Kohli's paternity leave

Disruption of India’s tour will not only disappoint fans, but also land Cricket Australia in a financial pickle

Rohit Sharma

Rohit's absence will be a big loss to the team in every format

Two things grabbed attention in the last match of the league stage in IPL2020 between Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers Hyderabad. One was eve...Read More

KKR and Morgan will have to walk on a tightrope for the rest of IPL 2020: Ayaz Memon

KKR and Morgan will have to walk on a tightrope for the rest of IPL 2020: Ayaz Memon

New captain has to rethink strategies and rework the chemistry. In the frenetic environs of the IPL, this can be a very tough task

Youngistan, force to reckon with

Youngistan, force to reckon with

The public and expert focus may have been loaded towards superstars Virat Kohli, M S Dhoni and Rohit Sharma, as is inevitable, but the fl...Read More

Sourav Ganguly in Abu Dhabi

Ayaz Memon: IPL pulling off a super show is no mean achievement

Messing up the cash-rich league with impetuosity would have been a travesty

The fault in our stars: Can't fall afoul of the rule book

The fault in our stars: Can't fall afoul of the rule book

Rules about on-court abuse are clear. This includes hitting balls and racquets in anger, physical and verbal abuse. The punishments are a...Read More

James Anderson becomes first bowler to take 600 wickets: Talent and longevity must be considered concurrently, writes Ayaz Memon

James Anderson becomes first bowler to take 600 wickets: Talent and longevity must be considered concurrently, writes Ayaz Memon

There is clearly no skew towards pace or spin where taking wickets in Tests is concerned, though fast bowlers, because of the stress on b...Read More

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Doping strikes at heart of fair play 

 Dope-taking athletes enjoy an unfair advantage, which must be countered  

A near-perfect Test series and monumental win for England

A near-perfect Test series and monumental win for England

All credit to England for turning the tables on the West Indies. It’s never easy to recover from a first Test defeat and win a three-matc...Read More

England-West Indies put on a safe and spectacular show, writes Ayaz Memon

England-West Indies put on a safe and spectacular show, writes Ayaz Memon

Unmissable, marvellous on-field action between England and West Indies in the first Test. What was more pertinent: there wasn't a single ...Read More

Pakistani cricketers Sarfaraz Ahmed (L), and Asad Shafiq, who are part of the cricket squad that left for England tour without 10 players who have tested positive for COVID-19

Star-crossed episodes confront England tours of West Indies and Pakistan

It is foolhardy to underestimate the threat of the coronavirus, as ensured by the ill-fated Adria Tour, three West Indies players pulling...Read More

Latest coronavirus update: How COVID-19 has created a sense of gloom in the world of sports

Latest coronavirus update: How COVID-19 has created a sense of gloom in the world of sports

Novak Djokovic’s charity event was reduced into a disaster with four players, including Djokovic testing positive. Elsewhere, the Pakista...Read More

T20 World Cup and IPL are at the mercy of COVID-19 and cricket politics

T20 World Cup and IPL are at the mercy of COVID-19 and cricket politics

The calendar has been messed up because of the coronavirus. The league and the T20 WC seem to be looking at the same window this October,...Read More

Indian sportspersons hold back opinion on racism

Indian sportspersons hold back opinion on racism

Silence betrays support for the other side. Barring Irfan Pathan and Jwala Gutta, other sportspersons in India have been unwilling or afr...Read More

Doubts about the right time to commence playing

Doubts about the right time to commence playing

Rahul Dravid raised a very pertinent question mark on the feasibility of a bio-secure environment in restarting sport at the highest level.

Sport fans want action, never mind empty stands

Sport fans want action, never mind empty stands

A recent survey asking my Twitter followers' reaction to sport being played without spectators in the stadium revealed that 58% 'Just wan...Read More

Tennis ace Leander Paes

Leander Paes’ gritty sports career is a metaphor of life itself

With sundry Grand Slam and ATP titles and an Olympic medal, why would Paes want to take any risk? But he did, and from 2003 has won more ...Read More

ICC Test rankings: Incentive for Virat Kohli and Co step up game against Aussies this winter

ICC Test rankings: Incentive for Virat Kohli and Co step up game against Aussies this winter

An update in the ICC’s Test rankings system puts India at No. 3, with the top spots taken by the down under - Australia and New Zealand. ...Read More

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