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Thursday, January 12, 2017

More actions required from ICC

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ICC addressed the declining on-field behavior in December 2016. This was very much required and the tough stance will bring back some level of decency to the gentlemen's game.

There are other areas ICC should take up in 2017, which have been waiting for quite a while.These around few specific areas:
  1. Follow-on rule -  Since VVS Laxman's epic 281 versus Australia at Eden Gardens, Kolkata 2001, the number of times a team has enforced follow-on despite having a lead of more than 200 has reduced drastically. Maybe the lead of runs should be reduced to 150 ( as is applicable to a four-day match). This will keep the legacy of follow-ons  ( remember Kapil Dev's four sixes off Eddie Hemmings to avoid the follow-on)to continue without putting undue pressure on the bowlers ( having to bowl for consecutive innings).
  2. DRS uniformity -Now that India has conducted a complete series with DRS system, it is time the competing nations or ICC take responsibility of DRS  system rather than leave it to the broadcasting companies. This will mean that the features available are same for all countries and tests.
  3. LBW for ball pitching outside the leg stump.- An off-spinner pitches the ball outside off but is able to get a LBW in his favor if the ball is deemed to hit the stumps. With DRS in place, it is easy for the umpires to make the judgement. Hence, it is time to allow balls pitched outside leg to be given out as well.This will rule out batsmen kicking out balls pitching outside the leg and eliminate negativity.
With these changes, test cricket can move further and get the much-needed attention over the other formats. The key question is whether ICC is ready to bite the bullet? Time will tell.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

England Home ODIs - MSD says goodbye to captaincy

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Duck on his debut versus Bangladesh.
Did not Bat during his ODI captaincy debut.
A loss versus England during his last match as a captain.

But what a profile! Well worth the biopic that was made about him.

Whoever saw this match  and this one will never ever forget the last captain  that got India its last two World Cups.

We will however still see the quick runouts and stumpings for some more time...




Sunday, December 25, 2016

England Home Tests - Massive 4-0 win for Indians

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No big score from Kohli, Pujara and neither a good bowling performance by Ashwin. Still, India won their fourth match of the series after conceding 477 in the first innings! Newbie Karun Nair and Ravindra Jadeja combined to knock the fight out of the Englishmen. The series verdict was unanimous - the English were thoroughly outplayed! Two Indian bowlers were No.1 and 2 in the ICC rankings, as the icing to the Indian cake! Bring on the Aussies!!



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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

England Home Tests - Three-nil lead for India

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A great advertisement for test match cricket! India lost the toss and conceded 400 runs in the first innings. Yet, went on to win by an innings!

A masterful double century by the captain and 12 wicket haul by No.1 bowler in the world, supported by No.9 batting spinner ( scoring a century) triggered a comeback that saw the Indians win the test series with one test to go.

All eyes on 4-0 win though the English are still cribbing ( second nature?)


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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

England Home Tests - All-round performance by India to go up 2-0

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A superb performance by the Indian team saw them take an unbeaten lead in the five-match test series.
England have been affected by the relative loss of form of captain Cook (compared to the previous tours), batting of the lower order not as good as the Indians while the Indians have shown great all-round performance to win this test. Replacement opener/keeper Parthiv Patel was great, giving the team management all reasons to smile!

Two more matches and I dont expect the English to win anything else, especially with new replacements.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

England Home Tests - Massive win for India to go ahead 1-0

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India won the 2nd test match versus England by 246 runs!Virat Kohli contributed 248 runs in both innings of the match, but it was a team effort.

  1. Chet Pujara scored a century in the first innings to shore up the Indian total
  2. Ashwin's eight-wicket haul and impressive batting continued!
  3. Jayant Yadav was a revelation with his all-round stints.
  4. Shami took crucial wickets in both innings to complete the formalities.

Forget the stats, it was an impressive win by the Indian team. Onto Mohali, where the English will have one change in the batting and I expect India to go with three pacers!

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

England Home tests - Interesting high-scoring draw to end first test

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The first test saw scores of 500+ being scored and predictably ended in a draw. But, it was interesting too. No one expected the English spinners to collect so many wickets, though the Indians also bowled decently. All in all, it is a four test series remaining now. My prediction is 2-2.Can India go one better and win the series? Wait and watch this space!




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Monday, October 31, 2016

NZ Home ODIs - India seal series with crushing win

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190 runs. That was the difference between the two teams in Vizag. Without major contributions with the bat by Virat Kohli or MS Dhoni. No Ashwin or Jadeja as well ( enjoying a rest in the midst of a hectic home season). Amit Mishra it was, who became the nemesis with his guile and turn. The Black Caps tried their best but chasing a difficult targat against the Indian spinners was beyond their reach. SIMPLE AS that. But, well tried Kane and team!



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Thursday, October 27, 2016

NZ Home ODIs - NZ strike baack to level series

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In Dhoni's hometown, Black Caps scored a total that was just beyond India's reach. Kohli, Dhoni left early, putting the onus on lower middle order. They tried their best, learning a lot in the process, but could not win the match. Dhoni asked for more patience, which is fair.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

NZ Home ODIs - MSD, Kohli take India to 2-1 lead

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Dhoni promoted himself to give the stability, using which Kohli roared past 150 to take India to 2-1 lead in the series.






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