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  1. 6 points
    Brain wise....sachin is the Rahul Gandhi of cricket.
  2. 2 points
    The positives....Kohli is on a winning streak...on his way to create history and with the extended home season still to continue,he will be right up there among the most successful captains we have produced. In all the years I have been following Indian cricket, Kohli is the only out and out bowlers captain I have ever seen....Dhoni while handling spinners and to a very small extent Dravid came the closest but Kohli is on a different level when it comes to supporting his bowlers be it spinners or fast bowlers. However ,winning can become a habit and winning everything can make even an aggressive captain conservative. I am not going for complacent here because we know Kohli's focus and work ethic. when it comes to becoming out of the box and creative, usually it is associated with crisis and desperation so why would a guy on the top of the world need that? Let us take ponting for example...the guy didn't know the meaning of losing for almost 80% of his career....his mantra was bat first if you win the toss and outplay the opposition...if you lose the toss then you still have a side to run through opponents. I think ponting's beginning of the end as a captain was when he lost the test to Pakistan in 2010 in that infamous spot fixing tour...he chose to bat first on a green pitch which let Pakistani bowlers run through the Aussie line up and by that point they just did not have the ATG genius players to pull them out of impossible situations.This meant a wake up call that things will not be the same anymore and this resulted in eventually Clarke taking over who was a very innovative captain at least at the start of his captaincy stint. Now coming back to Kohli, right now he has a template and winning games as a captain is almost on auto pilot. Now I am not saying he is winning only on minefields or dustbowls but he hasn't been challenged enough yet or forced to be innovative. The Srilankan series where we lost a test from a winning position but still came back to win the series is a befitting example of his mental strength as a leader but that was still at an early stage when he had that hunger to establish himself. The Adelaide chase bravado was what announced him to the world stage as a captain. We Saw a guy who will not back down and will take a high risk for a high reward. But that game looks ages ago. May not be in terms of months or days but how far along Kohli has come since then in establishing himself as the chief-in-charge. Kohli had nothing to lose with a loss/draw at Adelaide but everything to gain. In Srilanka too there was a lot at stake for a young captain like him while a loss as disappointing as it would have been would have been overlooked as learning curve. But today he is a proven winner, someone who is just raking up wins after wins....do you think in the coming years in an Adelaide kind of scenario he would go for the win? or will he try to draw the game as now he also has his win/loss % at stake. The win loss % factor might not look like a lot for us arm chair experts , but things like this will definitely start playing on a captains mind. Even a seasoned captain like Graeme smith played it safe in the 1st test vs India and obviously there were valid arguments made on both sides of the spectrum. Kohli as a leader is an exciting era and a new dawn for the Indian cricket fan...if he can sustain his win/loss record till the end without having to over think anything like Ricky ponting's captaincy career,I will take it with both hands but can we except such out of the box thinking and bravado from Kohli in the coming years as he grows in strength to strength as a successful captain?
  3. 2 points
  4. 2 points
    Ferguson 1st over 147 150 149 148 147 148 - bowls warner inside edge
  5. 2 points
    I just came here to post this...Dravid and Zak want to give everyone a shot but at times they seem to over think and over do the rotation thing. not just with Indian young players, I saw them do that to overseas players as well. makes for exciting stuff but at times can get frustrating. But all in all one of the best franchises to play for if you are an upcoming talent and have the hunger.
  6. 2 points
    Ajmal was a chucker...now you might make that case for Murali but Murali was acquitted every single time...Ajmal was caught and then when he came up with a regular action wasn't 1% the bowler he was which means he over relied on chucking so any accomplishments of his are taken with a grain of salt.
  7. 2 points
    SRT is not the best strategist or idea generator :)
  8. 2 points
    Muloghonto

    Trump-Shareef Call

    Not just subcontinental thing, its a world thing. Because the west has been the biggest driver of human development for the last 500 years than rest of human history put together. Its the same thing as if you are a budding physicist, you'd run your idea by Einstein if you could and see how he reacts- coz he is the superstar and you are a nobody. The way modern life works,99% of things that make modern life possible is western invention. So they are the superstars in the room, we are all wannabe nobodies. Atleast we are not as bad as the Chinese, who change their names just to impress the western folks. In places like Vancouver or San Fransisco, where there are significant chinese populations, you will meet more Chinese Steve/Suzy/April/Mike/Judy etc. than white people. Or completely copying a white wedding. Not just the suit-n-tie and white gown business, right down to the organ music & in a church, even when the people getting married are not Christian!!
  9. 2 points
    Couldn't see Ben Duckett there sir
  10. 1 point
    http://blogs.wsj.com/indiarealtime/2016/12/02/indian-startup-plans-to-land-on-the-moon-in-january-2018/ They may be getting help from ISRO on the project apparently. Another team to cheer for
  11. 1 point
    he didnt realise what ravi ashwin did later in his game - keep bowling the stock ball and use the variation very sparingly, when you feel the batsman is taking the direction of the turn for granted. once warne said that the leg break alone is good enough to take bucketloads of wickets and he doesnt need any variations. infact the variations he said should be wrt the amount of spin, turn, flight and speed of the legbreak itself. when commentators say that wasim akram can bowl 6 different deliveries in a single over, they dont mean wasim actually does it in every over of a test match. they mean, he has the ability, not stupid enough to keep bowling something different for every damn ball.
  12. 1 point
    he can anticipate what the bowler is going to do next... but he isnt very intelligent otherwise. honest comment. not my intention to hurt sachin fans. usually dravid, kumble come with good ideas gavaskar, shastri with BCCI agenda dhoni, sachin are like sorry to say this but frogs in a well... as far as taking the game of cricket to the next level is concerned.
  13. 1 point
    Social issue is his personal call. But I did expect him to play a bigger and better role in improving cricket in India.Give back to a game that gave him so much.The way Dravid ,Kumble and Ganguly are doing in their capacity. I think there is this perception that he is above all the other greats and needs a role that is above others. I think he would be comfortable being appointed the Ambassador of India cricket for life.Something in keeping with his 'stature' ...not the coaching ,administrative or commentator roles.Something that requires adulation but not commitment. I do hope we are wrong ....and he does end up giving much more that what he is doing. And I do hope he stays away from further controversies that involve tax evasion,helping business partners go around the system.
  14. 1 point
  15. 1 point
    Haha gets the FTB Warner clean bowled by extra pace!
  16. 1 point
    The new guy Ferguson has got pace. Hitting 150 in his first over
  17. 1 point
    Laaloo

    Indian Matches Thread Allocation.

    advance booking yaha karna
  18. 1 point
    Agreed, but in T20s it should be 150-160+ ...
  19. 1 point
    Aniket is a very solid prospect. Nathu is still rather raw, and there are some others doing well this season - Kulia, Sayyed, etc. But, what I would like to see is a few more left armers emerge - at one stage, we had Zak, RP, Irfan, Nehra, etc (not simultaneously though). As for wrist spinners: frontrunners should be Kuldeep and Quadri. Chahal had a good FC season, but his overall record is not great (almost akin to Karn Sharma). Gopal, as long as he's in Kar, will continue to be underbowled, and therefore underdeveloped. Kuldeep and Gopal can bat, especially the latter. As for back-up batsmen, I don't agree with most of the choices - Pandya has done very little to merit the tag of "back-up batsman" - he is not India's answer to Kallis. Pappu bats well against spin, but he is far too loose outside off stump to be a full-time batsman. I agree re Karun though, no idea why he made it thus far. Amongst the ones I can think of in Tests - Bawne, Iyer, Mukund, Vihari come to mind. But, we need not worry too much about back-up batsmen - plenty of those <23 also show potential; some of them such as H. Rana and Sarfaraz have stalled somewhat. Some of the current U19 people are also promising, such as Salman Khan, Lomror, Rohilla, etc. As for batsmen-keepers, Pant and Kishan are the obvious options. There are others such as Tare, Saini, etc. in the mix who are older, but I'm not sure about their keeping.
  20. 1 point
    Seems like a radical idea and can give much more exposure for both bowlers and batsmen. But a few things will need discussions and decisions e.g. how to prevent footmarks on the adjacent pitch during first 2 days. Also how should the first innings lead and related points be changed. Also, will both the teams get limited numbers of overs to bat/bowl? if not, what happens if the team batting first does not get out in the first two days? Wouldn't it be logistically easier to designate half the Ranji venues as green-tops with bounce (to be played with Kookabura) and the remaining as spin-friendly (to be played with SG)? I am sure it would be easier for a groundsman to prepare a certain pitch rather than each of them preparing two types of pitches.
  21. 1 point
    express bowling

    Chinks in JINX's armour?

    And.....our test record under Kohli is 12-2-1 ( W-D-L ) in the last 15 completed tests since he has taken over as full-time captain :)
  22. 1 point
    Cricketics

    Chinks in JINX's armour?

    If Kohli is a hitler and under him we can have 7-0-3 record in last 10 matches he has captained, then I rather have this kind of Hitler as captain to lead then country.
  23. 1 point
    punjabi_khota

    RARE 100 in 100th Test!

    I think it is going to take two centuries.
  24. 1 point
    Any bowler bowling at 150KPH can never be an easy meat if he bowls in right areas even if there is not much movement. No batsman wants to face bowling at that pace.
  25. 1 point
    All these 150 k + bowlers are injured half the time. Better to pick the 135 k to 147 k bowlers.

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