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Squads for T20Is v. Sri Lanka and Tests v. South Africa

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 19:37:32 +0000

BCCI selectors seemed to be keen on inducting youngsters and rewarding performers for the T20I series agains Sri Lanka.  A lot of new and deserving names are included.  For the Test team to South Africa it is on expected lines... the only real surprise is the recall of Parthiv Patel as back-up keeper and opener.  Jasprit Bumrah has been knocking on the Test door for a while.   

Squads for Delhi Test and ODI Series Announced

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 18:03:45 +0000

The BCCI announced the squads for the 3rd Test against Sri Lanka starting in New Delhi on December 2, 2017 and the squad for the ODI series following.  Not sure if the ODI squad is the same as the squad for T20Is.  Also, Virat Kohli has been rested from the ODIs and Rohit Sharma is going to lead India in the shorter format.    

India's "Goofy" Paintal Hangs Up His Boots

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 18:16:57 +0000

When Ashish Nehra made his international debut back in 1998, Kuldeep Yadav, India’s mystery spinner was just four. The lanky bowler burst onto the scene with a not-so-smooth action, but the one that sent the ball at high pace. When he traveled outside, his pace combined with swing, making life difficult for the batsmen. Eighteen years since he debuted, Nehra underwent over 10 surgeries owing to that action but not once did he compromise on pace. At his fastest he touched 150 kmph, and along with Zaheer Khan, Javagal Srinath, and Ajit Agarkar who could all top 145 kmph... was part of the emerging fast bowling culture that now sees India with a plethora of quick men who can give it back with the best...

Hanuma Vihari Slams Triple Century for Andhra Pradesh

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 17:01:51 +0000

India's Premier First Class Tournament is heating up... here is a round up of Round Three. 

You Again?! Redux

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 22:15:03 +0000

The ever money hungry BCCI has conjured up another Test series instead of allowing Indian players to participate fully in the Ranji Trophy, the premiere domestic First Class tournament.  What will this achieve?  India need to prepare for the more daunting challenge of facing South Africa in South Africa around the turn of the new year...  This series doesn't seem to fit the bill.  The only positive will be that Lanka having just swept Pakistan in UAE will not come in as the total no-hopers the shellacking they took from India in Lanka threatend to make them.  Anyway here is the schedule of matches   

Dinesh Karthik Leads India Red to Duleep Trophy

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 15:33:16 +0000

MS Washington Sundar (11 wickets in the match) and Vijay Gohil (eight wickets in the match) bowled India Red to a 163-run win the Duleep Trophy, 2017 final against India Blue. After setting India Blue a mammoth 393-run target, Sundar, who had also chipped in with the bat (88 and 42), returned to claim six for 87 in the second innings. His spin partner Gohil took three wickets in India Blue’s second innings as they bowled the side out for 229 with a day to spare.

Kohli: Results More Important Than Landmarks

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 17:18:51 +0000

The Indian captain is leading the team to new heights with his singular focus on results and an "un-Indian" attitude towards personal landmarks.

Duleep Trophy Squads and Schedule Announced

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 16:58:37 +0000

The Duleep Trophy will be played on a sqad basis rather than a Zonal basis as in the past.  Hopefully this will ensure more challenging matches.  Kanpur and Lucknow the two U.P. centers are set to host the historic tournament.  Like last year the tournament will be played day/night with pink balls.

India Boss Lanka

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 23:42:02 +0000

India emphatically showed why it is ranked the No. 1 Test team in the world, with a dominating performance in Lanka that totally bossed it over the hosts.  it took just about 11 days to win the series 3-0 and each match was won by a HUGE margin.

Indian Women Awarded $75,000 each for World Cup Performance

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 16:30:55 +0000

The BCCI announced a cash award of INR 50 Lakhs per player and INR 25 Lakhs per support staff for the excellent performance of the Women's Team in the recently concluded ICC Women's World Cup, where they lost a closely fought final against eventual winners England at Lord's.  The prize money is definitely welcome, but what woulld have been even more welcome is if the BCCI began the groundwork to establish a Women's IPL tournament.  Maybe the upcoming ICC Women's T20 World Cup will be a chance for the Indian women to showcase their skills in the shortest format of the game and make their case for a professional league even stronger.  Afterall if a country like Australia with a population of 25 million or so can have a Women's T20 league why not India with over fifty times the population?

Dhawan Replaces Injured Vijay in Squad for Lanka Tour

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 17:23:01 +0000

Shikhar Dhawan was picked to replace Murali Vijay who apparently is still not fully recovered from a wrist injury for India's tour of Sri Lanka. 

Teams for India A Tour of South Africa Announced

Sat, 01 Jul 2017 02:06:09 +0000

India A will play a tri-series of "ODIs" against the hosts and Australia A.  India A will also play two "Tests" against the hosts.  The limited overs side is led by Manish Pandey and the first class side will be led by recent Test triple centurion Karun Nair.  

Passionate Pakistan Turn Tables On Lackluster India

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 17:35:45 +0000

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 19:21:19 +0000

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 17:42:36 +0000

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 16:41:24 +0000

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 21:35:30 +0000

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 17:23:07 +0000

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.