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Thursday, September 29, 2016

NZ Home Series - India win 500th test match easily...

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India won their 500th test match easily against Black Caps, by 197 runs, thanks to a well-rounded team performance. Though the first innings score was below-par, the batsmen led by Murali Vijay and Chet Pujara put up a target for NZ that was way beyond their reach. The bowlers with the pitch helping Ashwin and Jadeja, produced unplayable deliveries to skittle out the NZ batsmen.

What  more did Kohli and Kumble want? Not a hamstring niggle to rule out KL Rahul or injury scare to Ashwin from next test at Kolkata !

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

NZ Home Series - Indian team selected

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After easily winning the overseas tour in West Indies, India come back home to host the Black Caps later this month. The Indian team was announced by the selection committee.The last day of the Duleep Trophy is still to be played as the squad was announced. Also, the India A team has to come back from Down Under - the selection could have been timed slightly better is the view. From the Duleep Trophy, what did we learn?

  1. Cheteshwara Pujara has no rival in domestic cricket. But why is he given the second-hand treatment?Check what the coach thinks of him.
  2. There is a big chasm of difference between Ashwin and his near competitor ( Pervez Rasool).
  3. Similarly, Amit Mishra is not being pushed hard enough by Karn Sharma or Shreyas Gopal
  4. Though there are options like Mayank Agarwal, Manish Pandey, Sanju Samson, the selectors wished to retain Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma based on potential and performances.
  5. Anil Kumble will continue with Virat Kohli the same plan that MSD had successfully pursued at home soil earlier - look at the squad for an indication of the pitches we can see.But, how will Kohli as captain fare versus the master tactician MSD?Tough question and challenge!

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Duleep Trophy- Red, Green, Blue anyone?

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This year, two novelties happened in the domestic Duleep Trophy format. Most importantly, it was a day-night affair testing the pink ball.

Also, the teams were not zonal-based but all bunched into three teams - Red, Blue and Green. While they are fine initiatives, the teams lost their identity- no one could recall which teams consisted of who? The final will be played soon which will see the Test regulars participating.Hopefully, the experiment is majorly a success but the team identities need to be revisited. Do you agree?

Monday, August 29, 2016

2016 USA Tour - West Indies win series 1-0

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Despite conceding more than 100 runs less thanks to good bowling performances by Amit Mishra, Ashwin, India lost the series as wet outfield resulted in abandonment of play. By virtue of win in the first match, Windies won the series 1-0.

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Sunday, August 28, 2016

2016 USA Tour - Windies edge India in high-scoring thriller

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India made their debut in USA, by conceding their highest score to any opposition but redeemed themselves to score the highest chase ever in a T20I only to lose by a single. MS Dhoni was on strike off the last ball to Bravo, who turned out to be more skilful of the two.But, MSD didnt disappoint - highlights of his innings were:
  • He scored 43  runs off 25 balls - strike rate was in his Top-20 of T20I innings
  • He added 107 runs with Rahul in 49 balls. Rahul was the only one who scored faster than him in the innings.
  • He agreed that he had executed the stroke wrongly after guessing the ball.
MSD also took the blame himself, despite his batsmen like Rohit, Kohli letting him down!And bowlers like Stuart Binny letting him down, MSD praised them for pulling back the innings from a possible target of 270! Only he can do this!
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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

2016 West Indies tour - Rain prevents India's continued run of No.1

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India dominated the series so much that they rose to No.1 in ICC Test rankings (coupled with Australia's loss to Sri Lanka). The rain gods however decided to put an end to the good times and the final test was washed out so much that only one session was played! India finished at 2-0 but it could have been 4-0! How many such chances will Kohli's India get again?

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

2016 West Indies Tour - India go up 2-0

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India went up 2-0 in the mismatched series againt West Indies, even after baffling team selections (Dhawan and Rohit included at the expense of Pujara). Bhuvi was one exception to the rule who took five wickets to ensure the quick demise of Windies in the first innings. Ashwin scored yet another century while Saha decided to make one of his own. All in all, the Indians won another match and look set to wrap up 3-0 by next test.
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Thursday, August 11, 2016

2016 West Indies tour - Great Windies escape

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Even the staunchest of India's supporters would have been embarassed at the way India dominated the test match in the first two days of 2nd test match. But, rain and dogged batting by the hosts allowed them to escape from the test unscathed. The Indians did nothing wrong except hitting the final nail of the coffin.
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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

2016 West Indies tour - India dominate match to go up 1-0

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It was a team performance in the lop-sided first test match. Virat Kohli started the dominance with a 200, supported by century from Ashwin and fifties from Dhawan and contributions throughout the order. When it was the turn with the ball, the fast bowlers led the way in first innings with Umesh Yadav and returning Mohd Shami taking 4 wickets each. In the 2nd innings, Ashwin completed a fine match by taking 7 wickets on the last day. Kohli couldnt have been happier - great start to a series that the Indians can outpower the hosts now!

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Friday, July 22, 2016

2016 West Indies tour - Kumble and Kohli start their stint

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Anil Kumble couldnt have asked for an easier start to his stint as Indias head coach - a tour to West Indies that need not be straight-forward but gives the management chances to experiment a bit. Let us see how it pans out.

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The team looks no different to the previous overseas test tour. The keeper slot is iffy after Dhonis retirement but Saha has the confidence still. Both teams are coming after their respective T20 leagues - will it have any impact on the run-making?

India will win the series 2-0 is my prediction but the Windies can turn the series upside down if they put their mind.