Searching for a hero: is Hardik Pandya the real new Kapil Dev?
Nakul Pande 30th July 2018
The nostalgic Eighties hunt for a seaming all-rounder is not only an English obsession, as Nakul Pande explains. Top tier: the first Hardik Pandya was admired by millions. Tunbridge Wells, Saturday June 18,1983: India collapse to 9-4, and then 17-5, against Duncan Fletcher's completely unfancied Zimbabweans. India's charismatic mustachioed captain takes the game into his own hands, and smites the bowling to all parts of Kent to the tune of 175* off 138 balls to take India to a competitive and ultimately winning total.
The Adil conundrum: never in the field of cricket conflict has one ball meant so much to so many
Hendo 27th July 2018
The condemnation of England's recalled leg spinner has the whiff of hypocrisy, argues Nigel Henderson. His darkest hour: I want two spinners – and make one of them Rashid. The weeks between a one-day series and a Test series are a long time in cricket, it would appear. No sooner had the original narrative – the one simmering since 2014 about whether Virat Kohli could find a way to get runs in England's green and pleasant land and prove once and for all that he is a class act in all conditions – been overtaken by one in which an almost unprecedented hot and dry spell would magically turn all England pitches into a spinner's paradise, than Ed Smith provided us with yet another one.
O’Grubby’s guide to filthy lucre
Paul Howarth 10th May 2018
(Lazy stereotypes and tips for the historic Ireland vs Pakistan Test, May 11-15, Malahide). Begorrah, be-Jaysus, top o' the mornin' to ya. Well Jeeesus, Mary and Joseph, who woulda thought dis day would ever come? Da first ever Test match played by Oirland. [Enough of the casual stereotypes, ya little bollix – ed. And Ed, who as you can tell by his strident English tones, is half-Irish.].
I never thought this would happen says Test debutant Murtagh, 36
Tony Bishop 9th May 2018
Tim Murtagh tells Guerilla Cricket's Tony Bishop why Ireland's first ever Test match is the pinnacle of a long career. The Sussex Cricketer pub is a perfect place to reflect on a glorious sun-bathed day of well-supported county cricket. The game itself between Sussex and Middlesex is perfectly poised with both sides feeling they can win after fortunes have seesawed across three days. We are not short of bowling inspiration: Jason Gillespie sits at the next table and the elegant, tanned white-haired gent at the bar is none other than England fast bowling legend John Snow, now well into his seventies, but looking fit and lean.
Depression and anxiety "being seen in cricketers as young as ten"
Hendo 4th April 2018
Nigel Henderson talks to a coach whose interest in mental health issues has uncovered a worrying trend. Depression and anxiety are manifesting among cricketers as young as ten, according to a leading coach and advocate for good mental health. Lindsay Moody, who worked with England captain Joe Root at the age of 12 and had a short career in Sussex's 2nd XI, worries that parental expectation is making the problem far worse than in previous generations, with players under almost unbearable pressure to perform.
Getting it Wrong: opprobrium aimed at ball-tamperers has a darker side
Hendo 4th April 2018
In the light of mental health difficulties experienced by some cricketers, Nigel Henderson wonders if those caught up in the events at Newlands need a little understanding and what might happen to them if they don't get it. It may seem odd amid the fallout over the ball-tampering affair that Steve Waugh should be the one to counsel us against losing sight of "the social impact and mental health of all players" subject to widespread condemnation in the incident.
'A stupendous act of bastardry': why Aussies feel betrayed by Stickygate
While England fans have been content to laugh and enjoy their discomfort, Perth native Jeremy Henderson explains why he and his countrymen have reacted so strongly to the ball-tampering affair. There are not many issues which actually unite Australians. For many decades politicians and the media have done everything to promote division, sometimes hatred, over so many things: rich vs poor, left vs right, workers vs bosses, and so on. There are so many fruitful areas for the self-interested to exploit, from immigration, taxation, and race, to welfare recipients, climate change and indigenous affairs that we all become embroiled in the fight at some stage.
Kohli The Lonely
Paul Howarth 27th January 2018
The cricketers-in-song-titles game that'll take over your life. Everyone needs a mate like Big Tone. A die-hard Newcastle United fan (well, no-one's perfect), a man with an encyclopaedic knowledge of pop music and – crucially for this tale – someone who delights in childish games.
Trevor Bayliss's trump card makes England a poor excuse of a team
Hendo 12th January 2018
If the England coach's mantra was intended to deceive, he was unable to fool Nigel Henderson, who finds him to blame for much, if not all, of the team's poor Ashes showing. Not so clever, Trevor: the England coach has something of the US president about him.
Brilliant Bhuvneshwar Kumar beginning to show his all-round qualities
Hendo 10th January 2018
India's premier swing bowler's class with the bat is starting to make respected observers sit up and take notice, says Nigel Henderson. Bhuve Kumar: preparing to make South Africa pay attention – with bat and ball.