The Spin | Sweet peas, ships and now spiders: the wider world inspired by cricket

News that a spider has been named after Sachin Tendulkar prompts a look back at other cricketers honoured differently As Shakespeare so very nearly said, shall I compare thee to an Asian jumping spider? Last week news broke about a newly-identified species of creepy-crawly found in the Indian provinces of Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Gujarat, that has been named after Sachin Tendulkar. It is probably about time cricket, which shares its name with a similarly-sized critter, was provided with another link to the world of the mini-beast even if Tendulkar himself is surely more lovely and more temperate than this one. “I named it because Sachin happens to be my favourite cricketer,” trilled Dhruv Prajapati, a junior researcher with the …

South Africa World Cup guide: gameplan, key player and prediction

For the team who have suffered so many disappointments, Faf du Plessis and evergreen talents can make up for the past If you are looking for Faf du Plessis, try the kitchen. Or the friendly neighbourhood atelier, gastronome’s grotto, or tattoo shop. Or follow the roar of his vintage motorcycle. He also spends a fair bit of time at the crease. In Derby on South Africa’s 2012 England tour, while the world was obsessed with the pronunciation and nuance of what, exactly, Kevin Pietersen had called Andrew Strauss in a text message, Du Plessis was deep in the concrete of the grandstand in a chef’s tunic and intently focused on helping a Masterchef champion prepare a meal for the squad. …