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Passionate Pakistan Turn Tables On Lackluster India

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 18:35:45 +0100

Pakistan turned the tables on a somewhat self-satisfied and complacent Indian team to record their biggest win in an ICC tournament since winning the World Cup under Imran Khan in 1992 by lifting the ICC Champions Trophy 2017.  



United India Crush Pakistan in Birmingham

Sun, 04 Jun 2017 20:21:19 +0100

Prior to India's defense of the ICC Champions Trophy, a news story peddled by Cricinfo about the supposed serious rift in the Indian camp between captain Virat Kohli and coach Anil Kumble broke.  When others questioned the veracity of the story Cricinfo took the unusual stand of doubling down on its claim of such a rift by citing "unnamed" sources who apparently had direct knowledge of the alleged rift... while not presenting either Kohli's or Kumble's take on the issue.  On the eve of the match the issue once again raised its head at a pre-match conference and Kohli flatly denied such a rift and rubbished the report. 



India Retain No. 1 Test Ranking

Mon, 22 May 2017 18:42:36 +0100

India continue their domination at the top of the ICC Test rankings.  They grabbed the No. 1 spot late last year, after Pakistan briefly held it for a few weeks.  India with their record breaking home season look set to hold on to No. 1 for a long time.  Pakistan meanwhile after being white washed in Australia and New Zealand and despite eking out a historic first series win in West Indies against a historically weak West Indies side have plummeted to No. 6. 



What the ICC owes BCCI

Fri, 05 May 2017 17:41:24 +0100

The malcontents of the ICC have once again used their unofficial mouthpiece Cricinfo to begin a campaign of pressure to try and bring the BCCI to heel.  However they would be better served if they recognize that they must meet the legitimate and reasonable interests of their biggest benefactor the Indian cricket fan, and indirectly the BCCI.  



A Chinaman From India

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 22:35:30 +0100

Kuldeep Yadav was a surprise inclusion in the fourth and deciding Test of the recently concluded Border-Gavaskar Trophy series.  Here is the behind the scene story of the rise of a Chinaman from India



Captain Kohli Reviews Record Breaking Home Season

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 18:23:07 +0100

Virat Kohli, the current Indian Test Captain, reflects on a record-breaking home season.  The only other time India played as many as 13 Tests at home in a season was back in 1979-80 when it played two back to back 6-Test series against the visiting Australian and Pakistani sides and a one-off Test against England.  Back then the captain for  the Tests was the man handing the ICC Test Champion's mace to Kohli, the legendary Sunil Gavaskar.  India won 4, lost one and drew 8 Tests back then.  This time only two out of 13 Tests were drawn and India won 10 and lost one.  How things have changed, and for the better, both for Indian cricket and Test cricket in general since then. 



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".