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Is Steve Smith The Hillary Clinton of Cricket?

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 04:00:54 +0000

The Daily Telegraph an Australian Tabloid has called Virat Kohli the Donald Trump of Cricket accusing him of spreading "Fake News".  But the real question is whether the Australian Captain is the Hillary Clinton of Cricket?



ICC Absolves Steve Smith of Cheating

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 19:54:34 +0000

Steve Smith the Australian captain by his own admission had a “brain fade” when he sought the help of the dressing room to decide whether to review on-field umpiring decision.  The truth is this was not a one-off "brain fade" but the third time that Smith checked with the dressing room.  When it happened a third time, and TV cameras caught it the on-field umpires, who had been informed on the two previous occassions by Virat Kohli, finally intervened.  What Smith did was not only against the spirit of the game it was illegal.      



Why Not Parthiv?

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 07:03:58 +0000

The recently concluded second Test at Banglore was a missed opportunity to prepare an all-condition Indian Test squad.  Clearly Wriddhiman Saha is the top choice for glove man for the Indian team and there is no doubt he deserved to walk back into the side after his understudy Parthiv Patel did a credible job both with the gloves and especially with the bat in the series against England.  However not giving Parthiv the chance to remain in the squad as back up keeper and back up opener is something the selectors will need to seriosly reconsider



Umesh Yadav: Right Arm Fast

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 20:52:19 +0000

The upcoming Border Gavaskar Trophy is being viewed as a battle between Indian spinners and Australian batsmen, but there may be another bowler that the Australian batsmen need to be wary of. 



Virat Rules Cricket Batting: Top 3 In Every Format

Sat, 04 Feb 2017 00:05:57 +0000

Not only are India top 3 in every format...but Virat Kohli is top three in every format...according to the ICC rankings



Bangladesh Finally Make Their Indian Debut

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 19:25:05 +0000

Contrary to some suggestions that India has snubbed Bangladesh by not hosting them for a Test series for over 16 years since their Test debut back in 2000, which incidentally occured versus India, the BCCI which was instrumental in getting Bangladesh Test status has been a benefactor for the Bangladesh cricket board all these years since.



Pujara To Lead Rest of India in Irani Cup

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 21:41:04 +0000

Pujara leads a strong Rest of India team against Gujarat starting tomorrow January 20th at Cricket Club of India's venerable Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai.  Recently the Rest of India has done really well against the Ranji Champions with the Rest winning 9 out of the previous 11 ocassions.  This time too the pattern is likely to be the same.  The match also has some added interest as the one-off Test against Bangladesh and the four Test series against Australia is coming up soon.  A good performance here will definitely catch the selectors' eye in case any slots open up in the Test team, either from injury or lack of form.



Mahendra Singh Dhoni Steps Down as Limited Overs Captain

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 17:34:26 +0000

India's most successful captain in both the limited over and Test format has called it quits on captaincy.  He remains available for selection as a specialist wicketkeeper batsman.  This is indeed very noble of him, as even now there is nobody who can fill his quite enormous boots as keeper/batsman in the limited format.  Virat Kohli the logical succesor to Dhoni will be grateful that he has decided to ease the transition.  Like his Test retirement, this has been a low-key affair that has kept the team's needs in mind.  This sums up the man.



Ashwin Wins Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 17:39:43 +0000

Interestingly the voting period covered 8 Tests he played between September 2015 to September 2016... So the last 8 Tests against New Zealand and England were not even considered.  The mind boggles to think that his numbers in the last 8 Tests are actually much better.   Wow!!!   



Indian Raj Continues

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 18:31:04 +0000

India won its 6th Women's Asia Cup title in as many editions.  It is a mighty impressive show which indicates the strength of women's cricket in India compared to other Asian countries.  The key figure in recent championships has been and was once again India's Mithali Raj.



Parthiv and Bhuvi Likely to Play in Mohali

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 19:21:01 +0000

Parthiv Patel and Bhuvneshwar Kumar included in Indian Test squad for Mohali. 



Kumble Hints KL Rahul May Replace Gambhir

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 03:47:11 +0000

Looks like there is a real possibility that KL Rahul who is fit and has just scored a FC Hundred in Ranji may replace Gambhir at the top of the order. 



Team India Honors Moms

Fri, 04 Nov 2016 19:17:20 +0000

During the final ODI of the recent India versus New Zealand series when India entered the field to defend its 260 odd run total I did a double take, as many other fans probably did when I saw Saroj and Devaki and Pritiben as the names on the Jerseys....  Here is the story behind that.  Very nice gesture by the players and BCCI



Much Improved DRS To Be Tested In India v. England Series

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 20:18:22 +0100

After almost all the concerns that India had expressed about the DRS system in the past were satisfactorily addressed by the ICC, the BCCI is now ready to give the NEW and IMPROVED DRS system a try.  India's stand against DRS was principled and not arbitrary as some in the Western media have alleged.  It was based on the now famous Dhoni quote about "adultration of human decision making and technology".     



Historic Holkar Stadium Makes Test Debut

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 20:15:49 +0100

Holkar Stadium in Indore, the home of the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association, became the 22 Test venue in India... But unlike many 1-Test venues  this new venue should become a permanent fixture on the Test circuit.  It has a rich history as well as excellent facilities located right in the middle of the City, making it an ideal Test cricket venue.



India's All-Time Dream Team

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 20:53:21 +0100

The first Test against New Zealand is India's 500th Test match... and the BCCI is marking this ocassion by allowing fans to pick their all time dream team on Facebook.  See article below for details.  Time to for some arm-chair punditry and nostaglia all mixed together. 



Gambhir Leads Team to Duleep Trophy Title

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 15:46:48 +0100

The new format Duleep Final comprised of mixed teams of roughly equal strength instead of Zonal outfits which in the past were often mismatched.  The cricket was more competitive, but the competition felt flat as the Zonal rivalries of the past were relegated to the dustbin.



Brilliant India A Thump Australia A to Win Quadrangular

Mon, 05 Sep 2016 15:39:29 +0100

After a very poor start, where they were hustled out for 50 odd runs in a 50 over game... India A stormed back into the tournament to win the final in a convincing manner.  The shock replacement of Naman Ojha by Manish Pandey as Captain may have contributed to the slow start, but Pandey proved to be a good choice and his personal form was stellar as India A won the tournament.  



India in Top 3 in Every Format

Sun, 21 Aug 2016 00:39:32 +0100

In the hand wringing that websites such as cricinfo have encouraged about India's likely drop from No. 1 to No. 2 due to the rain ruined 4th Test in Trindad and Pakistan reaching No. 1 in Test cricket for the first time ever in their history, the pundits have failed to recognize an even more significant achievement by the Indian side.  It now is ranked in the top 3 in every format of the game. No other team currently is so consistently good in all formats. 



Kohli: First Captain To Win Two or More Tests in West Indies

Sun, 14 Aug 2016 02:52:23 +0100

Ajit Wadekar first led India to a series win in the West Indies forty five years ago... since then India has won a couple of series in West Indies, but always by a 1-0 margin.  This is the first time they have won the series and won two or more (they may yet win in the 4th Test in Trinidad) Tests in doing so.