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  1. 4 points
    Development of Pandya as a cricketer has been a delight to watch.In many ways this guy has completed our side in almost all formats.Hitting ability aside ,the matirity and calmness he has shown in last 6 months exemplifies his development. Much of Pandya's growth as a cricketer must be attributed to Dhoni at start and largely to Kohli for always backing him in every situation.There were times I thought him playing as a 3rd seamer is a slightly risky option but he has seldom disappointed with the ball in the hand.Going into the champions trophy final I thought he might be the weak link in the bowling but he turned out to be one of the best bowler on the finals day.Subsequently he has taken crucial wickets and now hardly can be treated as a weak link as I presumed he was in this side.Inclusion of variations like knuckle ball is a pleasant sight as well. Batting has been a revelation.I remember I was not convinced that much after his 50 odd vs Eng at Eden Gardens in January this year , the innings was riddled with edgy shots.But 6-8 months after that,Pandya looks much more calmer, equally destructive against spinners or seamers but he does all that with a plan in mind.Never have I seen a batsman who finds hitting sixes against spinners as easy as this guy and even yesterday when Agar was bowling I knew chakka tou padega hi isko kabhi na kabhi and Pandya didnt disappoint.Now the growth part ,when he miscued one on a flighted loopy delivery, he knew he had committed a mistake and it was great to watch he didnt repeat it and on the contrary changed his modus operandi and hit Agar for a six using his feet.Maturity,calmness and game awareness everything was on display. Now coming on to the nub of the point I am trying to make,looking at Pandya grow as a cricketer in this regime, a thought came in my mind that Rishabh Pant who I believe is an equally big talent,should be given a chance to become a polished cricketer like Pandya is on course to becoming.As I wrote earlier,Pandya has completed our side in many ways already but if Pant is a given a chance to become a player he has the potential to become ,our limited overs team can be the most dangerous side in the current circuit.We have one maverick in Pandya and there is still scope for one more in our side and Pant is ideal for that. Now comes some people's apprehension that Pant can only play if Dhoni hangs up his keeping gloves.I dont believe that, Dhoni and Pant both can play,like Healy n Gilly circa 1997.The world cup is still 2 years away and I am desperately hoping Pant is in Kohl's scheme of thing for that tournament because such a talent has to be tapped.
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    Man, I feel bad for him. He doesn't have the media and lobby like Rohit, Rahane, Jadejas. One bad series and he might be gone. But I trust in Kohli to back his matchwinners.
  5. 2 points
    Watching the 3rd India Australia ODI meander to its predictable conclusion, I couldn't help but notice the despair and frustration in the eyes of the Australian players. Smith. Warner. Finch. Stoinis. Handscomb. Agar. You can see it in all of them. Frustration. Fatigue. Disappointment. That creeping knowledge that the game is over. And with it, the series. And all they can do is go through the motions and take another L. These are professional cricketers out there, all quite skilled in their own right, doing their best, but knowing that slowly, inevitably, their best is not going to be good enough, and is going to come up short. I know that look. I have seen it. Felt it. Endured it, way too often as an Indian fan during the late 90s and early 2000s, at the hands of that all-conquering superlative Australian team of that era. The shoe is on the other foot. And damn if it doesn't feel good. Let's brownwash the potty-mouth brats.
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    Rather taking a call on behalf of whole ICF, why dnt have a poll that who wants to see dhoni retire Asap
  8. 2 points
    pant is the answer!! that guy is the most fluent batsman I have ever seen, he can be what Gilchrist was for 2000s Australian team, and yes dhoni should be nowhere near the squad!!
  9. 2 points
    As India has won the series, selectors should have selected Pant for the remaining two odi
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    Md Siraj 7 overs,6 maidens,2 runs in the second inning of India A Vs New Zealand A team
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    Changed my mind about MSD. Its fine if he is in team for now. But he shouldn't ever bat before no. 6.
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    Pant is not as careless as Maxwell from whatever I have seen. You cannot bring any random player to shove your point. What should we look at Pandya? LOL. Look at some of his innings even before he made to Indian team. He always played like he plays now. He is level headed right from the beginnimg and plays according to the situation. Only issue with him was when he starts playing shots(rightfully given the situation) he throws bat at everything wildly rather than trying to time it. He is improving on this aspect in internationals.Most of his shots now are coming right from middle of the bat. And funny thing is while you make a point of Pandya learning you forget he is learning in internationals. And you don't want Pant in team till he improves his strike rotation in domestics.
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    Re: Indian ODI batting circa 90s, I'd divide it into 4 phases: 1990-1993 This was truly the weakest batting phase in the decade with a bunch of players averaging in the low 30s and the likes of Shastri having a SR of 50 . The only guy who was making runs consistently at an exceptional SR was none other than Mohammad Azharuddin. Azhar not only had the best raw stats but also happened to be the MOTS in the Hero Cup and the MOTM in the Asia Cup final (these were the only multi-national tournaments we won in this period). Oh, he was also our top-scorer in the '92 WC. SRT was the only other specialist batsman in the side who batted with a SR of 70+. 1994-1995 Achhe din for our ODI side as we had a massive upgrade at the top of the order with SRT as an opener. However, it's not a one man show as Sidhu had an amazing couple of years averaging nearly 50 with a SR of 70+. Jadeja and Kambli stepped up as well averaging 40+. Azhar was no longer as consistent as he was from 90-93 but made up for it by delivering MOTM performances in the Singer World Series Final as well as the Asia Cup Final. 1996-1998 This is clearly SRT at his peak as he played a leading role in multiple tournament wins. Titan Cup in India, Independence Cup in Dhaka, Desert Storm series in Sharjah, Series Final against a strong SL side in their backyard were all won with SRT being the top scorer, MOTS, or MOTM in the final or all of the above! The supporting cast changed somewhat as Sidhu and Kambli faded away and Ganguly and Dravid emerged. Azhar surprisingly enough maintained an average of 40+ at a healthy SR of 73. Jadeja moved to the middle-order and became a discount Bevan. This is the only phase in the 90s where we were close to being a "Sachin or bust" side. Still, others did step up every now and then like Sidhu and Jadeja vs Pak in the '96 WC, Ganguly winning 4 back to back MOTM awards vs Pak in 97 and Ganguly and Robin Singh in the 3rd Final at Dhaka in '98. 1999 After his best ever year in '98, SRT started off with a poor series in NZ and was never the same after his back injury in Chennai. Ganguly by the end of the year established himself as the best ODI batsman in the side and Dravid ended up as the top scorer in the '99 WC. As good as these guys were, we missed SRT rather badly and got our asses kicked in back to back finals against PAK. tl;dr: SRT did most of his damage in two phenomenal years in 1996 and 1998. During his best phase (94-98), he did have decent support first from Sidhu/Azhar/Kambli/Jadeja and then from Azhar/Ganguly/Jadeja. Azhar may have been a match fixer but was a bloody good ODI batsman and performed superbly from 90-93 when he had diabolical support.
  15. 2 points
    Considering most of people on icf wanted kohli sacked after losing one frigging game . The kid has not done too bad , handy with bat as well even though some wanted him dropped as player as well because of one dissmissal the mob is so fickle
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    Dhoni is Unremovable, i was a dhoni fan then a dhoni hater for a while because of his csk & sreeni connections and bullying attitude, and now a dhoni fan again purely because he's shown the hard work and the dedication to stay fit, hes a legend behind the stumps and in his mind their is a software that literally runs this team..players look up to him, the captain looks upto him, and i guess no one is ICF should have any complain anymore.
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    coffee_rules

    Ind replies to Terroristan

    Abd finally Pakistan has responded to EAM's jibe...
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    Look guys who did not watch India play during 90 s don't understand and never will . Team was poor really and folded as soon as so much as said boo to them . Only one man stood up and regularly took it all hit big punches back . Sachin got out it was literally switch tv and it's all over . Takes one amazing man to have mates who could not fhight back . Yet he would go head and out with balls in pants to front up and lead these pussies in to battle sachin was a god and a true great . People who saw later part of career won't understand as agree as time came on he became more calculated and risk free . Back in 90 s he was like a frearless warrior . God i love that man
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    After SRK glorified Abdul Latif in Raees now it is time for Shraddha Kapoor to glorify the evil ***** sister of Dawood Ibrahim, Haseena Parker. Why do these B stars make my blood boil so much? Can't they make more movies about shaheeds Mohan Chand Sharma or Omble or Niranjan? Why this fascination with India's enemies and indifference towards those who have laid down their lives for our protection? If it were up to me I would hire a firing squad and kill every last member of D family currently partying in Mumbai. All of them are in extortion, land grabbing, real estate and contract killing dhandha. All these ****** getting VIP treatment while Omble's daughters are living in abject poverty is an abject reflection of how so called secularism has screwed over this country time and again.
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    Ur god not mine, for me a human being who excelled in the field thats it He like other humans had his limitations, flaws , areas were others were better.
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    Biggest joke its vitriol like this that sets pak fans apart delusional jihad variety. Dude admir is a trundler in tests. Shami Yadav average 140 in completed tests and peak 145 -148, thats comfortably faster than anything pak bowlers bowl in tests.
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    true that irritates me as well about tendulkar fans ,its wasnt the case that he was far ahead of his peers in test cricket as well,i ll take steve waugh ahead of him anyday
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    Kohli vs Sachin in ODI chases is not even a comparison. Really. How many games did Sachin win with an unbeaten knock in ODIs? Sachin played very typical innings where he blazed away at the start, knocked singles in the middle, slowed down considerably after 80, resumed attack after 100 and then got out playing a tired shot with still 50-70 runs to make. Just look at the number of times Kohli has stayed unbeaten in tough chases. He beats any player in chases hands down.
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    The economy has been ruined by the buffoons from Shakhas running the government. If demonetization was a train wreck, GST is slow poison. It is so horrendously complex that will drive lakhs of SMEs out of business. A tax system is successful if the rates are reasonable and the structure simple. GST is a nightmare, the effects of which are just starting to trickle through. Firstly, the logistics. The site keeps crashing and can't handle the load. The FM tries to lay the blame on the people for filing at the last moment. Well, duh, that happens with any tax in the world. People file during the last few days. It's human nature, but there is another important point in context of GST and why this is a disaster. Liquidity. People file at the last minute because they want liquidity in the business. These Shakha buffoons don't know that one of the main reasons for the 2008 crisis was liquidity and since then governments and financial systems try to ensure liquidity. 90k Crores of tax was deposited in the first round of which 60k Crores is input credit the government is supposed to return. Small businesses don't have the kind of liquidity to wait for 90 days for the government to return money. By the time people start getting their money Rs. 200k Crore would have been sucked out of the economy. Which brings us to the next point, where these Sanghi buffoons will screw things up. They've already started casting aspersions on the large input credit being claimed and said they will investigate these claims. This means a further delay and harrassment. You can't run an economy on the assumption that everyone is corrupt. It has to be the other way round - prove the tax evasion and punish the guilty. The filing system itself is so horribly complex that only CAs will benefit from it. The structure itself is asinine and literally hundreds of inconsistencies have been pointed out by people. But besides that it will completely kill small online enterprises. People running small portals to supplement their income, as a dabbling venture, or a hobby will simply not be able to afford the cost of complying with GST. Of course, GST is but one example of handing over the economy of the country to a bunch of trishul carrying Sanghis. The unfolding Jaypee fiasco is another. There is no provision in the bankruptcy law to deal with assets like real estate which have been given as colateral twice - once by Jaypee and also by the home buyers. According to the law, home buyers aren't entitled to shiiit. Now, we will have another case of judicial overreach where the judiciary will give a whimsical ruling in an effort to cover up a poorly written law. And Jaypee is just the start. If there is any hope to save the banking system in the country, more such companies will need to be brought out. Problem is they have already siphoned the loans and will leave tens of thousands of homeowners in the lurch. And yeah, the fuel prices. With exports languishing, only a government run from Shakhas will keep fuel prices so high. No economy has seen sustained growth without strong exports. Ever. A strong rupee and high fuel prices is a recipe for disaster. You can't grow an economy and by high taxes and government spending, when it is proven that government has the worst efficiency in spending. I pity the fools who thought they were electing the second coming of Friedman in 2014. This government's economic policies would make Marx proud. Demonetization impacted the poor the most, the slightly well off and middle class managed through it and sang paens of nation building. The impact will creep up to them soon, it is already starting to with the worst jobs outlook ever and impact on home budgets due to GST. It will accelerate unless the second coming of Milton Friedman prostates in front of Sardarji and begs him to help repair the economy which he has destroyed, because it's obvious by now what the cowshed owners running this country know about the economy.

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