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  1. 16 points
    I remember the year 1989 very well. Gavaskar had retired a couple of years earlier and Kapil had lost pace. We were losing to Pakistan more often than not in ODIs. The 1983 World Cup and 1985 Benson & Hedges Cup twin wins were things of the past. Crickets fans were feeling directionless. Then came the tour to Pakistan , where a baby-faced 16 year old stole the hearts of the entire nation with his brave batting against the Pakistani quicks. Watching cricket was a pleasure once again for Indians ... and this euphoria lasted for more than fifteen years. In the 1990s, when Tendulkar batted, the whole nation " batted " through him. In 1991, a tall, thin guy, with flailing arms while bowling , burst onto the scene and bowled really quick ... and India had its first genuine fast bowler, Srinath. The year 1996 saw an elegant left-hander score a century on test debut at Lords. This was followed by another century in the next test match. While this was happening, another young man with impeccable technique missed his centuries by a few runs in both those tests. Indian cricket fans were brimming with excitement once again at the emergence of these twin gems. Be it a wristy Hyderabadi scoring 3 centuries in his first three tests in 1984-85, a bespectacled Kumble taking a 4-fer in in Sharjah in 1991, Zaheer and Yuvraj sparkling in Nairobi in 2000, a dashing Sehwag scoring 105 in South Africa on test debut in 2001 ... these memories will stay with us for ever. More than these moments and memories, every time a special talent emerged, it gave us reasons to watch cricket for the next few years. No one will forget the dabaang innings of 148, that a long-haired keeper-batsman played in 2005 against Pakistan ... and a new star was born. No matter what one feels today, every Indian cricket fan felt a connection with that young man, which would stay with us till the time he won us the 2011 World Cup as captain. Then came Kohli, who would go on to become one of the biggest superstars. entertaining us in all three formats with his spectacular batsmanship. Rohit, Rahane, Pujara, Dhawan, Ashwin, Jadeja, Shami, Umesh, Bumrah, Bhuvi etc. ... all of them inspired interest among certain sections of fans. Seeing a young Shami debut, combining genuine pace with reverse swing to floor the West Indians in 2013, was very exciting. Fast bowling fans just loved it when young Umesh Yadav and Varun Aaron bowled at 150 kph. Sports survive and grow in stature and popularity because of superstars and stars. Thirty-one years have passed but people still talk about and remember Maradona winning the football world cup. Fans need to find a connection with individual players. They are happy when that person does well and sad when he fails. They realize their own sporting dreams through him or her. Cricket is facing competition from other sports in India like never before and needs star players more than ever. In Indian cricket, we are recently seeing a trend of trying to introduce thirty-plus players as a matter of priority, especially the batters and keepers . Youngsters are getting chances but only when an " elderly " is not good enough or is injured or fails the yo-yo test or rotation policy demands more players. If the current ODI batting line-up makes it to the 2019 World Cup then we will have six batters who are 30+. Dhoni 38, Karthick 34, Jadhav 34, Dhawan 33, Rohit 32, Kohli 30. I am not suggesting that thirty plus players should all be be dropped or not given fresh chances. But, there should be a mix of experience and youth. Too many youngsters mean lack of experience and too many older players mean lack of new direction and dwindling fan interest. Moreover, there is no point in promoting mediocrity when it comes to selecting fresh players. We have seen young spinners and all-rounders being introduced and backed though ... and the result is there for all to see. Be it the wrist-spin twins, Kuldeep and Chahal, or the charismatic all-rounder Hardik Pandya, they have given new direction and new energy to our team. I hope that some talented youngsters are allowed to flourish in the batting, keeping and fast-bowling departments too. If they receive the same backing as the young spinners and all-rounders are getting, they will also do well . KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Prithvi Shaw, Vijay Shankar, Karun Nair, Md. Siraj, Basil Thampi, Avesh Khan, Kamlesh Nagarkoti etc. etc. are waiting. It never was and and never is about choosing the top performers in domestic cricket or the well known names. It is always about spotting and backing the players who have the potential to achieve something extra at international level from now on.
  2. 5 points
    Poor ritika. Overseas tours coming up.
  3. 4 points
    In the 2nd T20I, Usman Khan bowled a fastest of 139.5 k and average of 132.6 k No 140 k+ today. https://www.icc-cricket.com/match/6898#hawk-eye
  4. 3 points
    So who's your supplier?
  5. 3 points
    I need to change my agenda from Dhoni to Karthik
  6. 3 points
    Seriously this is a top notch article. Short and straight to the point. I could actually read this over and over again.
  7. 3 points
    Warrier has been picked for the BP XI team against SL, along with Avesh, Ravi Kiran and Milind
  8. 3 points
    Texy

    Unientionally funny movie clips !!!

    LOLOLOLOLOL
  9. 2 points
    We only have one odi left against NZ so even a failure will keep everyone in the team. Next we have Lanka, so minnow bashing will essentially keep them in the team. Thankfully we have a tour to South Africa where we can finally get rid of the dead weights and the retreads.
  10. 2 points
    Manish Pandey, Shreyas Iyer , KL Rahul, Sanju Samson and many more batsman are ahead of Kathik.
  11. 2 points
  12. 2 points
    A great post that most cricket fans will fully agree with. Besides the players mentioned above, there are couple others who were backed at a young age and though they didn't turn out to be superstars, they did have moments where they did well. Parthiv Patel was the captain of a junior India team of which Vengsarkar was the manager/coach. He was very impressed by the youngster's temperament and gave a glowing recommendation of him. Very soon, Parthiv debuted for India though he had limited to no first class experience. Ajit Agarkar was on under 19 team of which Srikkanth was manager/coach. He spoke highly of him, and some time later Agarkar got in to the Indian team. Both Vengsarkar and Srikkanth backed a youngster purely on talent, not due to regional affiliation or business interests. But in the current environment, the chances of backing a player based on a hunch and fast tracking him are very less. After warming the bench for a long time, Rishabh Pant has disappeared from the selectors radar. Shreyas Iyer will most likely go through the same. Kuldeep Yadav was not selected in the test X1 despite the coach Kumble strongly backing his selection. But unfit(not physically, but for the role) players like Rahane, Karthik etc are repeatedly backed. I think there are a couple of reasons for this. One is, there is a huge amount of money at stake via endorsements. There can only be 11 players in the national team. The superstars in the X1 obviously get the biggest endorsement pay outs. Emergence of new, exciting talents in the playing X1 can relegate the not so young superstars to "senior" status. To maintain their youthful image, emergence of newer, younger superstars must be prevented. Also, from a pure cricketing perspective - these days teams have become ruthless and don't want to lose any match even after winning a series so the chances of youngsters getting a look in take a hit due to this reason as well. Another reason could be IPL rivalries. Don't want to name names but it isn't uncommon for some of the superstars to sledge younger players on other teams and the young ones to reply in kind, creating bad blood between them. Murali Kartik's career suffered because he was an in your face type of personality whose antics in a domestic game or two against Saurav Ganguly did not go down too well. IPL being more intense with so much at stake, one can only imagine the level of clashes and feuds between domestic players. In the current enviroment youngsters need to do well, and on a consistent basis to stand a chance of making a career for themselves.
  13. 2 points
    Top Post! People need a reason to watch games, and right now i don't feel like making effort to watch Dhawans/Sharmas/Rahanes battting. I would have liked to see India A games where you have more exciting talent.
  14. 2 points
    Nagarkoti is looking very impressive in the above video. Hurrying batsmen with pace, hitting the deck hard and getting movement both ways.
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  17. 2 points
    @G_B_ This should be posted as an article on the main page.
  18. 2 points
    he played big role in winning test series against England at home and then in WI in 2006 but was ill advised to slow down and result he is nowhere in the horizon now. Instead of working on his fitness, he is chose a shortcut of cutting down on pace. i had high hopes from him after those two test series that he can be our first real strike bowler after Kapil Dev because he had shown the attitude of a fast bowler, yorkers, bouncers, reverse swing, seam movement, ability to take wickets, had everything going for him. He for me is the biggest disappointment since I have been watching cricket.
  19. 2 points
    Leave the wife and family out of it please
  20. 2 points
    He is also an opening batsman
  21. 2 points
  22. 2 points
    I was a big fan of him when he started his career. Rohit was in his shadows. He was playing all kind of innovative shots against all kind of bowling. He doesn't have obvious weaknesses. But he has massive concentration lapses. I still remember how well he negotiated new ball as opener in England when Jaffer wasn't exactly comfortable. He never converted. He didn't do justice to his potential. I am sure he will continue the same way. But you cannot ignore his massive run accumulation in domestic cricket especially in crunch situations.
  23. 2 points
    Lol, your so proud of your stats but not realising that your interpretation skills are horrible. Am I supposed to accept that Wankhede is not a chasing wicket based on data from 1987 and 1996 world cups? Do you still believe in the Soviet Union? Why would Boycott go out of his way to denigrate all of gambhirs career achievements? Scholarly criticism? Agree I have venom for MSD, he and Srini tried to hijack Indian cricket for personal monentary gain, guilty as charged. Who awarded man of the match in the final to MSD- consensus vote would be gambhir when looking objectively. On to your precious main point about Yuvraj not coping with Murli, yeah he struggled against him from time to time but he also won player of the series in 2009 ODI series in Sri Lanka in Murli's favoured home conditions where he is normally deadly. This combined with him being player of the tournament in WC2011- shows he was clearly the man for the job. winning WC saves you from anything? So just because you win an ODI tournament, it gives you immunity from shamelessly flopping in the test cricket? Shall we now put Chepu into the ODI/t20 team based on his superlative test performances? Can't find footage of Riaz's ball vs yuvraj. Found an almost identical ball that Riaz bowled to Franklin months earlier. Notice how the commentators (who are ex cricketers) praise the bowler and don't blame the batsmen at all- they even used the same term 'ripper' which is synonymous with unplayable- and no you won't be able to find excuses for other batsmen in that match (good attempt at trying to weasel your way out though)
  24. 2 points
    I cannot convince one person on this forum forget about the nation.
  25. 2 points
    i know that would have made you happy, but to admit ones fault is the first step of correcting it. Its ones of the reasons India has many effective fast bowlers now.
  26. 2 points
    prudent_kreeda

    Ranji Trophy 2017/18

    I think he can be a perfect fit for no.4 or no. 5 in 50 ODI , a position where he supposed to face more spinners than pace . Has demolished some of the best current spinners - Lyon , Is Sodhi , Ash in this match Murderer of spin bowling it seems . Hist lots of sixes . He may be inconsistent due to nature of hios aggressive play , but if you can thrash spinners in middle overs i think one can win 80% of the matches and almost all teams now bowl minimum 2 spinners . Yes .. nice feeling when you think of Iyer at 4 and hardik at 5 .. many of the spinners will have thier Pants ghilla when they see these 2 together at crease !! . And add KL & R Pant as when they hit good form .. Hope my wishes come true one day!
  27. 2 points
    velu

    Unientionally funny movie clips !!!

    and the reaction for the above clip
  28. 2 points
    Well we can use his lunges against Rabada,Philander,Morkel etc on a spicy pitch in tests but unfortunately in tests he will try to come down the track and try to smash them T20 style and behave like a buffoon
  29. 2 points
    well seeing as how dhoni has been masquerading as a test player when playing odis for the past few years, that could very well happen
  30. 2 points
    having rohit sharma in the squad for the test matches is like a neutred dog having a penis .. can piss n cnat do anything else
  31. 2 points
  32. 2 points
    Perks of being the brother in law of your captains agent.
  33. 2 points
    Ofcourse guys like Karthik makes you look good. Sometimes we want mediocrity around us just to justify ourselves in life.
  34. 1 point
    Excellent post! India can easily put together a more competitive U25 ODI and T20i than the present bunch. 5-1 smackdown in RSA will open up lot of spots in one-day team.
  35. 1 point
    Even before he could come close to Hadlee's record, he wouldn't let any quick bowler enter the team. Only military medium bowlers who were slower than Kapil were allowed.. Thats why you had Madan Lal, Binny, Sandhu and co bowling for India. Did you really think Indians didnt have a bowler who couldn't bowl in excess of 135? He never let Yograj Singh come, there was another fast bowler from Bihar, Randhir Singh. He was said to be quite quick ( atleast would have been in 135ish range min ), as my elder cousins had played against him. He even toured England in 80's and in 83 world cup,but Kapil did not let him play in any match.
  36. 1 point
    i have heard this in many places the ego trip of bcci to get Kapil to top Hadlees record.
  37. 1 point
    There's a difference between an opinion and fact. What I stated was a fact.
  38. 1 point
    That was a special gift from Kapil Dev to Indian cricket. Block all young fast bowlers from coming anywhere close to Indian team to keep his place permanent. He single handedly spoilt many a career. He spoilt the best years of Javagal Srinath. That man should never be allowed to speak about Indian fast bowlers.
  39. 1 point
    Bhuvi bumrah Bhuvi shami Shami bumrah Chun le....
  40. 1 point
    2003 WC bowling was pretty lethal - Zak, Srinath, Nehra.. Still remember the match against England, where they beat the bat like a 100 times...
  41. 1 point
    velu

    The BSE/NSE Trading Thread

    we have another 30 days for november f&o expiry .. OTM puts are ALMOST always costlier than OTM calls for the strike distance esp in index.. one of the main reason that which is relevant to indian market is MFs and big houses tend to write calls for extra income ( so more sellers ) .. and there are relatively more buyers for puts who wants to hedge ( my guess is put writers are typical guys who are short on derivative market ).. in index it is better not to be a seller of the options .. or main strategy shhould be on the long side of either call or put or both.. stock options have relatively higher premiums
  42. 1 point
    sri/zak/nehra were also quick. any one of them capable of giving a match winning spell. But ran into the Aussie team at its peak and weak kneed batting
  43. 1 point
    Pakistan has introduced so many brilliant youngsters lately. It's india which is persisting with has beens and vanilla players and degrading. Pakistan's loi team is in the ascendancy, while India's is degrading
  44. 1 point
    Jalaj Saxena 79 and 105* 8 + 2 = 10 wickets
  45. 1 point
    it's like watching the same porn scene 100 times over.
  46. 1 point
  47. 1 point
    The amount of time you spend on this forum tells me you are unemployed.
  48. 1 point
    Great visionary Goenka strikes back. It takes gut to go against public idiocy and make the right decision. Sacking dhoni as a captain and making Smith captain will be remembered forever in the history of IPL.
  49. 1 point
  50. 1 point
    You yourself know how ludicrous young arguments are. Stats of BK and Yadav in tests cannot be compared because they both are played in different conditions and there is a valid reason behind that. BK is one of the best in making use of helpful seaming conditions but not good on flat pitches.

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