Brainfade
Growing up in the 70s and 80s, it wasn't too easy being an Indian fan.  While we had our superstars, and our moments of greatness, we simply seemed incapable of consistently dominating everyone we faced.  Especially bad were our struggles in LOI cricket, which demanded aggression, athleticism and agility that very few of our guys had in abundance.  And then came the 90s, most of which I missed.  Again, but for a few shining stars, we didn't have the firepower to strike fear in the hearts of our opponents, especially the boorish, aggressive, dominating Australians.  
 
Fast forward to today and it is exceedingly heartening to see how complete Indian cricket actually is.  Some of it has to do with other teams not being as good as they were, but there is no denying that we are fighting-fit unit.  Just take these past several months.  We have played consistently good cricket across formats - dominating the Windies, demolishing the Kiwis and putting the Poms in their place.  We have specialist teams for each format, and have multiple guys who are the best in the world in their roles.  We are aggressive and - for the most part - fit and athletic.  We also don't take crap or back off from other teams' aggression.  But, most of all, we seem to have incredible bench strength - there is a talented group of newer guys who seamlessly slide into the roles of injured seniors - plug and play.  No Shami?  No problem.  Plug Bhuvi in.  No Ashwin and Jaddu?  No problem.  Yuz to the rescue.  No Rohit Sharma?  Whatever.  Let's put in the guy who can score a triple hundred.  Saha is hurt?  Bring in Parthiv - yeah, his keeping is suspect, but boy did he bat us into good positions when needed!  Need all-rounders?  Ashwin in tests, Pandya in LOIs.  Need older guys to step in and carry the load - Yuvi and Raina are doing it.  We don't depend on 1 or 2 super stars, but each guy stands up and performs when his number is called.  And don't forget Kedar Jadhav who is just getting started, and Rishabh Pant who hasn't even had a go yet :-)!!  
 
This team also seems to be genuinely having fun.  I know, I know, it's easy to have fun while you're winning.  But it's also easy to win when you're having fun, and the synergism between enjoyment and winning is truly showing.  No one seems insecure; the guys seem to know that, although the competition for each position is hot, they will be given a fair run before being replaced.  There is an air of confidence.
 
Two things struck me the most:  (1) the genuine team-spirit that Dhoni and Kohli displayed during the ODIs and T20s.  While some here were complaining about Kohli just being a rubber-stamp guy etc., it simply didn't seem that way to me.  It appeared that MSD was genuinely helping out with the field, especially when VK was away from the action because he placed himself at crucial long-off/long-on spots, and that VK was genuinely seeking advice from MSD.  (2) VK's true leadership in deflecting praise away from himself for successful tactical moves, and the true joy he seems to derive from the individual success of each person on the team!
 
This is in complete contrast to my early days as a fan, when it was always egos clashing:  Gavaskar vs. Kapil Dev, Kapil Dev vs. Prabhakar, and of course Azharuddin vs. integrity.  I am thoroughly enjoying watching this Indian team play together - as a unit, for the common purpose of winning - koi hum se jeet na paave chale chalo chale chalo!!
New guy
How successful has Amir been when compared to his hype many years ago? Hype based on one sole season in England? Amir had one amazing season no doubt, but he is not the first one to do great on swinging English pitches, players like RP Singh did the same
 
Amir was always treated as a special, special talent and he did show great glimpses of it. Even in the T20 Asia cup, we saw what he could do on swinging pitches. PCB went out of the way to help him after the spot fixing scandal, tried to rehabilitate him, brought him back immediately to the national team.  He always gets the new ball and is the leader of Pak pace attack
 
Do the numbers match up to the hype? Lets take a look
 
Amir's average currently stands at 32.49. Since his comeback, he has been averaging 38.26
 
Country played against, Amir averages over 35 against every single country except England (27.67) and Australia (32.3) The Australia average includes 2 matches played in the same English conditions where he averaged 22.2. In Australia he averages over 40
 
Career summary Grouping Span Mat Runs HS Bat Av 100 Wkts BBI Bowl Av 5 Ct St Ave Diff   v Australia 2009-2016 6 171 48 19.00 0 24 5/79 32.33 1 0 0 -13.33 v England 2010-2016 8 174 39* 14.50 0 31 6/84 27.67 2 0 0 -13.17 v New Zealand 2009-2016 5 115 26 11.50 0 14 3/43 36.14 0 0 0 -24.64 v Sri Lanka 2009-2009 3 37 22* 12.33 0 6 3/38 43.50 0 0 0 -31.16 v West Indies 2016-2016 2 29 20 9.66 0 6 3/63 38.50 0 1 0 -28.83  
 
Amir has played in Australia, New Zealand, England, UAE and Sri Lanka. He averages over 35 in each of those countries except England and averages over 40 in both Australia and Sri Lanka while averaging over 38 in UAE
 
in Australia 2009-2016 4 147 48 24.50 0 13 5/79 40.84 1 0 0 -16.34 in England 2010-2016 10 198 39* 13.20 0 42 6/84 26.26 2 0 0 -13.06 in New Zealand 2009-2016 5 115 26 11.50 0 14 3/43 36.14 0 0 0 -24.64 in Sri Lanka 2009-2009 3 37 22* 12.33 0 6 3/38 43.50 0 0 0 -31.16 in U.A.E. 2016-2016 2 29 20 9.66 0 6 3/63 38.50 0 1 0 -28.83  
Year wise, even before his ban, Amir averaged 41 in 7 matches in 2009. 2010 is the only year he excelled because of one English season in amazing swinging conditions. Here is the season wise average breakup
 
2009 season - average 43.5
2009/10 season - average 41.9
2010 season - average 19.8
2016 season - average 42.4
2016/17 season - average 35.5
 
The 2010 season average seems more and more like an anomaly as time goes by. I think he still looks impressive and beats the bat. But most of his effectiveness comes from the new ball swing. His yorker and short ball seems non-existent and he has lost his in-dipper. He clocks some speed on the speed gun yet looks innocuous. Even the excuse of the 5 year delay doesn't seem to hold water considering his record before his ban outside of England. Do remember that in the period since his comeback he has played in some helpful pitches in England and New Zealand too. 
 
How long will talent give him a free pass considering PCB fought tooth and nail to get him back in the team? Seeing Pakistan's seam bowling options I am sure Amir might still be best for the team. However, those who saw a promising fast bowler emerge and were following his progress with interest might be disappointed with his performance so far. 
Ankit_sharma03
1. To fit Pandya in 11- We all want Pandya to play as we have high hopes on him. But in current scenario where our main bowlers are rested we can't play him as 5th bowler. I don't think so Pandya at this stage can give you 10 overs every match as a bowler and none of the top batsman bowl. Raina is out and Mandeep and Jadhav don't bowl as well. So basically if we play Pandya, we are risking the 5th bowler. Pandya as 5th bowler becomes more risky as our best bowlers like Shami, Ashwin, Jadeja, Bhuvi all are rested and there is huge inexperience in bowling lineup. So if anyone of main bowler have an off day and Pandya can't give us 10 over well well we are really going to struggle .
 
2. Raina at 6 wasn't good either in case of collapse- Another thing what worries with the idea what if top order collapses . Well when did Raina bailed us out of collapse , hardly very few instances. So even in case of collapse what better Raina would do than Pandya.
 
3. Responsibility makes u grow- Batting Panyda at 6 will give him more balls and responsibility to put a price on wkt. Best way to improve batting is to bat up the order. Even in case of Jadeja n Raina i always believed their batting regressed coz of batting at that spot. Pandya did show he can put a price on his wicket in Australia A tour .
 
4. Dew and inexperienced bowling lineup - Most matches are in north in winter so there would be dew for sure and we have extremely inexperienced bowling lineup so a 6th bowler is must in such scenario. In case of dew the spinners are almost out of the game. 
 
5. Adding Jadhav would solve no purpose- We already have Mishra and Bumrah who are liabilities in field and minus 2 assets like Jadeja and Raina in field . That bowling lineup needs to to be backed by fielding so Adding pandya to field makes more sense than Jadhav. Also do we see Jadhav playing in 2019,well no way. These days we can't have so many liabilities in field. 
 
6. Pandya, Axar, Yadav, Mishra- well the tail doesn't look that week, all these guys can bat and certainly all can make 50s for sure. 
 
7. Pandya being looked on as test all rounder- well if we are looking to make Pandya as test all rounder and make him bat at 6, well we have to trust him at 6 in ODIs to then.
New guy

By New guy, in Articles,

The untold story of BCCI's top secret project to rule the world
 
Many people today are baffled by the affinity shown by BCCI, the captain, the coach, ex players, current players and many others seemingly sane people, towards Rohit Sharma. Those in the know reveal this exclusive, never told before story
 

 
BCCI's goal plans
Phase 1 - Include Rohit Sharma in the team
Phase 2 - ?????
Phase 3 - Profit!!!!
 
So why is Rohit Sharma included in the team? Here are some reasons experts tell us
 
1) Rohit Sharma is like the chaff air-force planes deployed during world war 2 to distract heat seeking missiles from other planes
 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chaff_(countermeasure)
 

 
So while the opposition is baffled and focused on Sharma(he seems useless but is selected every time, why? There is some secret, some strategy, we need to find out. Let focus on Rohit Sharma) , other batsmen like Rahane can slip through the radar. The opposition thinks Sharma might be important and targets him and neglects other batsmen
 
2) Rohit Sharma is the next level evolution of a "batsman"
 

 
Cricket has often been called the "batsman's game". And modern cricket is even more so. So what did scientists do to counter this dis-balance? They genetically engineered the batsmen who always loses to bowlers. It doesn't matter what kind of bowler it is. Pace bowlers. Swing bowlers. China-man. Part time bowlers. This batsman is designed to fail. To prevent bowlers from going extinct, scientists have designed the batsman who boosts bowler's confidence
 
3) Rohit Sharma is the "Judas goat" of batsmen who leads other FTB batsmen to their doom
 

 
A judas goat is basically a trained goat (or other animal) which will lead the hunter to other members of his species. So the other animals get killed and the judas goat is rewarded. Rohit Sharma is the epitome and the prototype of the FTB who fails everywhere. So any batsman who follows him or bats like him can be identified and immediately terminated
 
4) Rohit Sharma is a trained commando on the field to protect other players
 

 
This is self explanatory. Rohit Sharma is obviously not a cricket player. Then why is he on the field? Well considering that India is the richest cricketing country and the super star cricketers always a target of criminals or terrorists, we need extra protection for all the players. What better protection than a super commando, disguised as a player, who is on the field at all times? Rohit Sharma might not score many runs, but if any terrorist attempts to harm any player on the field, he can take them out with his bare hands
 
5) Rohit Sharma is an advertisement come to life
 
This is the most likely explanation according to experts. Big companies first advertised on the radio. Then they advertised with flyers. Then they advertised on bill boards. Then they moved to TV. They finally created an artificial life which can go on the field and pretend to be a player. So Rohit Sharma is just an AI actor who needs to be on the field at all times displaying sponsor logos. He is just like the advertisement logos you see on the ground after each over
 
They started with this
 

 
And have now gone on to this 
 

 
Has technology and advertisement gone too far? Can ad-blocks block Rohit Sharma from showing up on my TV? Will more genuine players be replaced by walking advertisements? Only time will tell!