Blogs: What Narine tells us about T20 hitting

In a format where batting resources are often underutilised, more bowlers might try to increase their worth to teams by developing their hitting skills On January 1, Sunil Narine walked out to open the batting for Melbourne Renegades. He was not an obvious choice. In his entire T20 career Narine had scored 382 runs in…

Blogs: Guardians of cricket’s galaxy

Chris Gayle There’s the Universe Boss, then daylight, then every other T20 batsman who has ever played the game. Gayle’s list of records in the format is simply awe-inspiring – more than 10,000 T20 runs (almost 2500 more than the nearest challenger), 18 centuries (no-one else has made more than seven), the highest total (175…

Blogs: “What a waste of money” Is Paul Pogba any good??

On 8 August 2016, Pogba returned to former club, Manchester United, on a five-year contract for an all-time record for highest football transfer fee at €105 million (£89.3 million) plus bonuses of €5 million, surpassing the former record holder Gareth Bale. But is the France superstar any good? It was never going to be easy…

The greatest comeback ever – made possible by a blatant dive

Thrilling? Sure it was. But Barcelona’s triumph over PSG was unattainable without some desperate playacting from Luis Suarez… Gary Lineker labelled him “clever”. Steven Gerrard said he “gave the referee a decision to make”. Steve McManaman spun from “I’m not having that” to “it’s amazing” inside 20 seconds. And it wasn’t just the BT Sport…

Blogs: When England overcame a Chanderpaul special

From 1976 to 2006, cricket’s lone famous international venue in South America, the Bourda Oval in Guyana, developed a history of rained-out matches, disruptions by fans, riots of various intensities, and an abandoned Test in 1981. England were involved in these matches more than any other nation – in the aforementioned Robin Jackman Test of…

‘I embrace the comparison with Russell’

“Rovman Powell is a Jr Andre Russell.” That was what Kolkata Knight Riders’ Twitter handle quoted the franchise’s CEO, Venky Mysore, saying during the 2017 IPL auction. Mysore is no stranger to Caribbean cricket talent, with KKR having a sister franchise, Trinbago Knight Riders, in the CPL. Such sentiments about the exciting young Jamaican were…

Blogs: Who is Hashim Amla, really?

Hashim Amla is calmness personified, so much so that in his 12 years as an international cricketer, he has been cross precisely once. Okay, twice, but it was about the same thing. Last November, when Faf du Plessis was taking heat from the Australian media for using mint-infused saliva to shine the ball, Amla was…

International Cricket Moments of 2016

Remember the name It’s the final of the World T20 and your team still requires 19 off the final over. You are playing your eighth T20I and your previous highest scores is 13, against Afghanistan. What do you do? Well… if your name is Carlos Brathwaite, you hit four sixes to finish the match with…

Cricket: Best moment of 2016

Once again it’s been an action-packed year of cricket, but what was your favourite moment? BBC Sport and BBC Radio 5 live asked you to pick your highlights and these, as revealed during the Tuffers and Vaughan Show on Tuesday, were your top 10 in ranking order: Ben Stokes hits 258 – England’s fastest double…