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Published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 19:36:24 +0000

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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 19:18:22 +0000

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 19:15:49 +0000

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 19:53:21 +0000

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 14:46:48 +0000

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 14:39:29 +0000

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

Sat, 20 Aug 2016 23:39:32 +0000

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 01:52:23 +0000

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.  

Ashwin on Verge of World Record

Wed, 27 Jul 2016 18:02:56 +0000

He doesn’t look the part, at least off the field. Even on the field he is not naturally athletic, with a tall but thickset frame and somewhat ponderous movements he seems more like your average weekend athlete rather than a world class Test all-rounder who is on the verge of a stunning World Record. 

England Will Tour India for Full Five Test Series

Fri, 15 Jul 2016 19:54:06 +0000

Not since the 1980s when Sunil Gavaskar and David Gower were captaining their respective sides has England embarked on a full 5 Test tour of India...  Looks like BCCI is one again pushing the nostalgia button.  Good to see Rajkot and Vizag get their first Tests.  Hopefully the cricket fans in those cities will come out in force to support Virat Kohli and his boys.  The ODIs and T20s have thankfully been limited to 3 each... a fair number.  Between top cricket nations this should be the standard format of a tour.

WICB Announces Twelve Member Squad for India Series

Tue, 12 Jul 2016 22:10:46 +0000

Seems a bit surprising that they would name such a small squad for the four Test series, especially at home.  Also no place for Shai Hope the only centurion in the first warm up game. 

India A Team For Australia Tour Announced

Mon, 27 Jun 2016 18:10:36 +0000

BCCI has revived the India A tours and under the guidance of Rahul Dravid, they should do well down under, and come back with a lot of new cricket knowledge under their belts.  Excited to see the names of Shreyas Iyer, Vijay Shankar and Faiz Fazal among the young batsmen who will benefit from the tour.  Also good to see more experienced players like captain Naman Ojha, Dhawal Kulkarni, Varun Aaron, Manish Pandey and Axar Patel also included... 

BCCI Announce Block Buster 2016-17 Season

Thu, 09 Jun 2016 12:07:40 +0000

In a throwback of sorts to the pre-1983 World Cup victory days, when Test cricket was King in India, the BCCI has announced a season packed with Test cricket.  Infact the highest number of Tests since 13 were played in 1970-80.  However other forms of the game are not totally ignored.  Plus the season sees several firsts. The first day-night first class tournament in India with the Duleep Trophy going that route, the first Test match played in India by Bangladesh and first Test matches for centers as diverse as Ranchi, Vizag, Pune, Dharamsala and Rajkot.  It indeed looks a sumptious feast for cricket lovers of all stripes from the Test purists to fans of the shorter formats.

Shardul Thakur Thankful for Timely Test Call-up

Sun, 05 Jun 2016 03:21:36 +0000

Mumbai are known for contributing Test match batsmen to the national team on a a consistent basis, Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane just being the recent inheriters of a proud lineage that goes back to Vijay Merchant and through such stalwarts as Polly Umrigar, Vinoo Mankad, Vijay Manjrekar, Dilip Sardesai, Ajit Wadekar, Sunil Gavaskar, Dilip Vengsarkar, Sanjay Manjrekar, Vinod Kambli, and of course Sachin Tendulkar.  However the fast bowling lineage is much less illustrious...though two of the tiniest fast men have hailed from Mumbai... Ramakant Desai and Ajit Agarkar.  It is good to see another Mumbai speedster now getting a chance to make his mark at the highest level of the game.  Here is an article about Shardul Thakur who has earned this honor by the dint of some very hard work. 

Gujarat Lions are King of the Jungle

Sun, 22 May 2016 18:15:43 +0000

Under the captainship of novice IPL captain Suresh Raina, the Lions in their maiden IPL season have roared to the top of the table to become the kings of the IPL jungle...