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Sunday, April 10, 2016

IPL9 starts

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Friday, April 01, 2016

T20 World Cup - India crash out thanks to no-balls

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India were one of the top favorites to win the T20 crown at home (in a tournament that was quite open. They crashed out in Mumbai despite the heroics of Virat Kohli with bat and ball. While the batsmen did well to post a challenging score, the bowlerslet the team down with two crucial no-balls(and the catch on boundary line). Windies came out swinging literally and despite losing Gayle early, showed enough depth to win easily.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

T20 World Cup - Kohli shows Sachin qualities to steer India to semis

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India versus Australia in a World Cupquarterfinal clash at Mohali. Yuvraj did it for India in the 50 over World Cup. This time, his main highlight was of getting Steven Smith early. Enough has been said about Kohli already. He is becoming the Tendulkar of this team - this is not good news for it means the other batsmen are not performing. That will be crucial in semifinal.


Thursday, March 24, 2016

T20 World Cup - India pip Bangla thanks to MSD and Joginder Pandya

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India had to win the match against Bangladesh to stay in the tournament but thhe team was distracted, it looked. A sub-par score on a small ground, dropped catches (three at that) were enough hints to suggest this but its captain was very much turned on in his strategic move.. In a repeat of his move to let Joginder bowl the last over in the inaugural T20I World Cup, he asked Hardik Pandya to bowl the last over here when less than a dozen was required with three batsmen remaining. Pandya held his cool and head after the hundred conferences to help India win the match. The finishing touch was provided by the captain himself (one-gloved 15v-metre runout to wrap the match and heave a huge sigh of relief for the time being).


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Sunday, March 20, 2016

T20 World Cup - Kohli helps India continue the streak

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Virat Kohli can do nothing wong these days. Last night, he helped India continue their unbeaten streak againt Pakistan in World Cups on a difficult pitch, chasing a tricky target.


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Pakistan had three  pacers by name Mohammed - Amir, Irfan, Sami that was one too many. What a decent spinner could have helped their cause!The Indian catching(Pandya was exceptional)and fielding lifted the spirits but it was Kohli and Yuvraj who revived the chase after 3 early wickets. MSD finished the match in his usual manner but he must be wondering how to bring in Rahane to shore up the batting).

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

T20 World Cup - upset win by NewZealand

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One of the favorites, India, had their unbeaten streak in recent days brought to a halt, by NewZealand in an upset win. The Indian bowlers did well to contain the BlackCaps  but the batsmen fell against the unfancied NZ spinners.The batsmen have to lift up their game before the next matches if India has to qualify for the next round.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

T20 World Cup - most open ICC event in recent days

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The forthcoming CWC T20I World Cup seems to be quite open with at least 6 teams having the potential ( and form) to win the tourney.
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India, New Zealand, South Africa, Sri Lanka and West Indies are the favorites to win but no one is clear enough to be sure. One with experience of subcontinental conditions, spin expertise( facing and containing quality spinners)will consider themselves good on the day but just for that dayonly.Bangladesh  and Afghanistan will also fancy their chances to cause an upset with the favorites( though it should not be called as an upset)


Saturday, February 13, 2016

T20I matches - perfect practice for Indians

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The Indian team cannot complain about the Board or its schedule now. In preparation for CWC T20 World  Cup, thhe Indians seem to be having the perfect practice so far.

First, they met current ODI  champions in their backyard.Result was an unprecedented whitewash!!

Next up were the defending champions in T20I format - Sri Lanka at home. After a blip on a ground that MSD rightly said was more English than Indian, the team was back to winning big. With an allround performance, India equalized the series comfortably.

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There is a good blend of young blood and veterans in the team now - Hardik Pandya and Manish Pandey are the unknown elements who might make the Cup their own.It is all looking good forMSD and his teaam noow. Go India, go!!

Saturday, October 03, 2015

SAF 1st T20I - India lose depite putting up 200

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The stats before the match started was surprising to me - India were leading the Proteans 6-2 in T20I matches. Wow! Really!! The long series started in Dharamsala and the pitch was more in favor of the South Africans rather than Indians - fair enough. The dew factor would have an effect but since the match started at 7PM local time, both teams would have an impact.

The Indian team batted first against a second-string South African bowling attack (Steyn and Morkel were rested due to the schedule mostly). While Rohit and Kohli smashed the bowling apart, the rest of the batting could not leverage further. The target was 200 which I thought was a tad lesser than what could have been, when Rohit was going great. India persisted with Rayudu (instead of Rahane) and though he didnt get many balls to face, I think he is not a T20I player. Time to look at options like Gurkeerat Singh Mann (who scored a double century in Ranji match) or Manish Pandey or even Sanju Samson. India needs a dasher if MSD is playing at No.4 - every team has one. Maxwell, Duminy, Morgan being examples of this genre.

India had a new left-arm new ball bowler after a long time - Sreenath Aravind. He, along with his new ball partner Bhuvneshwar Kumar, went for runs against the partnership of Amla and ABD. Ashwin, with his new-found confidence and ball-skills, pulled the team back with a run-out and dismissal of ABD. But JP Duminy bailed the team and brought them home.

The Indian team will come back on pitches that are more subcontinental than this one but it is important to learn the lessons from this match. The T20 bowling needs overhaul - Bhuvi is good with his yorkers while it was the first match for Aravind. Who is the other partner for Ashwin? Axar gave away the match with three consecutive sixes - is Harbhajan a better bowler in this format? If India wants to play Mishra in tests, better not to play him in the limited overs format. Who else then, after Ravindra Jadeja (who by the way is on his way to a ten-wicket haul in the first Ranji match)?

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Indian coaching staff to continue

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The BCCI, based on recommendation of the Cricket Committee, has renewed the contract of the coaching staff till the T20 World Cup. Each of the staff member has provided their own perspective to the Indian team. Let me try to dissect them:

  1. Ravi Shastri - from the quiet Duncan Fletcher to the outspoken Ravi Shastri, BCCI could not have asked for a better man at the helm, purely from the angle of interaction with media. Ravi is always ready with his comments that the media enjoys - the criticism of the Indian team has reduced quite drastically post the appointment of Shastri. Also, within the dressing room, Ravi's Indian-ness and his rapport with the team looks good. The youngsters, who are not so well-versed with English, might face it easy talking Hindi with Shastri.
  2. B Arun - the bowlers have been picking wickets regularly. In World Cup, we all knew how many wickets they took throughout the tournament. Similarly, in Sri Lanka, the bowlers picked up 60 wickets. Is this good proof for Arun's capability? Maybe not all is to his credit but he has been doing things in the right direction. Maybe he can bring the bowlers better direction sense? The spinners seem to be performing well again, at least in the subcontinental pitches. Good selection again.
  3. Sanjay Bangar - Bangar has been the perfect foil to Shastri's aggression. Bangar has been always cool as a cucumber and goes about his way in the most effective way as possible. The batsmen have improved, not just due to the tough overseas tour but also due to the fact that Bangar has been able to provide the much-needed advise on their weaknesses and possible solutions to their problems. Great team-man.
  4. R Sridhar - the fielding coach must share some credit to Rahane's world record. The close-in fielding was superb in the Sri Lanka series (even though there were few drops too). What has been really appreciable is the fact that the slip cordon has stepped up to receive catches rather than standing back even when balls were pitching short. This shows great presence of mind and Sridhar's back-room drills has made an impact here.
Overall, a good team for the Indian team at the current juncture. The South African tour will give more insights of the team's progress and whether this team is good enough for the long run. Let us wait for the Proteans then.