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  1. 15 points
    No one cares what you think, you doofus traitor.
  2. 14 points
    Tour Schedule: Tour Matches / Warm up Schedule 1st Tour Match - 4 Days (Draw) 5 February, 1971 - 8 February, 1971 India v Jamaica - Sabina Park, Kingston,Jamaica 2nd Tour Match - 4 Days (Draw) 11 February, 1971 - 14 February, 1971 India v West Indies Board Presidents 11 - Jarrett Park, Montego Bay, Jamaica 3rd Tour Match - 3 Days (India won by 9 wickets) 25 February, 1971 - 28 February, 1971 India v Leeward Island Warner Park, Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis 4th Tour Match - 4 Days (Draw) 1 March, 1971 - 4 March, 1971 India v Trinidad and Tobago- Guaracara Park, Pointe-à-Pierre, Trinidad 5th Tour Match - 4 Days (Barbados won by 9 wickets) 27 March, 1971 - 30 March, 1971 India v Barbados - Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados 6th Tour Match - 3 Days (Draw) 8 April, 1971 - 10 April, 1971 India v Windward Islands - Botanical Gardens, Roseau, Dominica Test Series Schedule: Feb 18, 1971 - Feb 23, 1971 (Draw) 1st Test West Indies v India - Sabina Park, Kingston,Jamaica 2nd Test - (India won by 7 wickets) March 6, 1971 - March 10, 1971 West Indies v India - Queen's Park Oval, Port of Span, Trinidad 3rd Test - (Draw) March 19, 1971 to March 24, 1971 West Indies v India - Bourda, Georgetown, Guyana 4th Test - (Draw) April 1, 1971 to April 6, 1971 West Indies v India - Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados 5th Test - (Draw) April 13, 1971 to April 19, 1971 West Indies v India - Queen's Park Oval, Port of Span, Trinidad Squads: India Squad: Ajit Wadekar (Captain), Abid Ali, Jayantilal, Dilip Sardesai, Ashok Mankad, ML Jaisimha, P Krishnamurti, Eknath Solkar, Prasanna,Bedi,S Venkataraghavan,Salim Durani, Gundappa Vishwanath, Sunil Gavaskar, Rusi Jeejeebhoy, Govindraj. West Indies Squad: Gary Sobers (Captain), Rohan Kanhai, Fredrick, Lloyd, Charlie Davis, Foster, Desmond Lewis, Holford, Lance Gibbs, Carew, Boyce, Camacho, Shillingford, Noregia, Frindlay, Inshan Ali, Dowe, Barrett, Vanburn Holder, Shepherd Tour matches / warmup - 6 (4 Four Day matches, 2 Two Day matches) Selections: Vijay Merchant was the chairman of selectors. India had won first ever Test match win overseas against New Zealand in 1968 under Pataudi, however, in 1969, Indian lost the 5-match series 3-1 in India against Australia under Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi's captaincy. Pataudi was dropped. Rusi Surti and Engineer were dropped as they did not take part in prior Ranji Trophy. Debut Test series for: India Debutants - Sunil Gavaskar, K. Jayantilal and P. Krishnamurthy Only Salim Durani, Jaisimha, Prasanna and Dilip Sardesai had toured WI before in 1962. West Indies Debutants - Arthur Barrett, Jack Noreiga, Keith Boyce, Desmond Lewis, Ishan Ali and Uton Dowe. Gavaskar had a great run against Poona University which earned him a test selection. He cracked 327, 226, 124 and 99 runs in 4 innings. Vishwanath was not an established player. Sunny was making debut. Jaisimha was senior and India had spin trio. Prasanna (Off spin), Bedi (worlds best ever SLA), Chandrasekhar (Leg spin) and Venkataraghavan (Off spin) were the best spin quartet in history of cricket. Chandra was dropped for this series. They played together only in 1 match though, under captaincy of Pataudi in 1967 on India's tour of England. The team used to mostly select only one of Prasanna and Venkat as both were off-spinners. The test match were scheduled for 6 days with one day being used as rest. This was the first overseas test series i followed. Overseas matches were not shown live. Some of the footage used to be reported in news channels for 10 minutes at end of the news show. The scorecards were not available in next morning as print media and news network was not advanced as much as it is today. Air broadcast was the only option. During those years one could carry the transistor to college and listen to commentary of the matches. The Bad records prior to this magnificent tour: (1)India had won only 15 of 116 matches overall. (2)India had won only 3 of the 45 overseas matches. All those 3 wins coming in 1968 in a series wherein India won 4 test series 3-1. New Zealand and India where the punching bags of those times. (3) More relevant was that India had lost 5-0 on tour to West Indies in 1962 under captaincy of Nari Contractor and Pataudi. Test 1: Draw 5 February, 1971 - 8 February, 1971 Rest Day - 21 February Sabina Park, Kingston,Jamaica West Indies Playing 11: Roy Frederick, Vanburn Holder, Rohan Kanhai, Clive Lloyd, Sir Garry Sobers (c), Joey Carew, Steve Camacho, Mike Findlay (wk), Grayson Shillingford, Arthur Barrett, Jack Noreiga India Playing 11: Syed Abid Ali, Bishan Bedi, Eknath Solkar, Srinivas Venkataraghavan, Ajit Wadekar (c), Pochiah Krishnamurthy (wk), Motganhalli Jaisimha, Salim Durani, Dilip Sardesai, Erapalli Prasanna, Kenia Jayantilal Scorecard: http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/17261/scorecard/63066/west-indies-vs-india-1st-test-india-tour-of-west-indies-1970-71 Sunny was supposed to debut in this series, however due to finger infection he did not debut in this test. Vishy also missed this test due to knee injury. Indian side was better than the West Indies side but not by a considerable margin. West Indies bowling was on a decline from 1968 to 1974. West Indies, in the 1971 series against India, had the opening pace attack of Shillingford and Vanburn Holder who were not good. Arthur Barrett and Noreiga were below par in spin department. India opened with Abid Ali who was gentle pace. He would take the shine of the ball to let the best spin trio ever to show their magic. Eknath Solkar was a handy lower order bat who has got into partnerships with specialist batsmen to bring respect to our totals. He could also bowl left arm spin as well as gentle pace. Venkat, Bedi and Prasanna were the best spin attack the game of cricket has ever seen. Pace bowling wise, even though West Indies did not have good bowlers, they were better in comparison. On the spin quartet, the Indian spin attack of those times is still the best in entire cricketing history. The entire Day 1 was washed out due to rain and the ground drying facilities were not advanced these days. Toss was done on Day 2. Sobers won toss and opted to bowl first as it had rained. India were reduced to 75/5. Dilip Sardesai and Eknath Solkar's 137 runs partnership took India to 212/6. The other important partnership was of 122 runs between Prasanna and Dilip Sardesai for the 9th wicket which took India to 382/9. Sardesai had played a brilliant innings of 212 runs. India after the top order collapse had managed to put up a respectable 387 due to two wonderful partnerships West Indies were bowled out for 217 with Indian spinners picking 9 wickets and 1 wicket being due to run-out. As it was going to be 4 days test due to rain washing entire Day 1, the follow-on target got reduced to 150 and Wadekar enforced follow-on. Kanhai scored a brilaint 158 not out, Sobers contributed 93 and Lloyd made 57 to draw the test. The fact that India enforced a follow-on was a significant achievement in first test of overseas tour that too against West Indies of those times. Test 2: India won by 7 wickets. March 6, 1971 - March 10, 1971 Rest Day - 8th March Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad West Indies Playing 11: Roy Frederick, Vanburn Holder, Rohan Kanhai, Clive Lloyd, Sir Garry Sobers (c), Steve Camacho, Charlie Davis, Mike Findlay (wk), Grayson Shillingford, Arthur Barrett, Jack Noreiga Sobers won the toss and opted to bat first. WI replaced Joey Carew with Charlie Davies. This was also an home ground for Charlie Davis. India Playing 11: Syed Abid Ali, Bishan Bedi, Sunil Gavaskar, Eknath Solkar, Srinivas Venkataraghavan, Ajit Wadekar (c), Ashok Mankad, Pochiah Krishnamurthy (wk), Salim Durani, Dilip Sardesai, Erapalli Prasanna Scorecard: http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/17261/scorecard/63067/west-indies-vs-india-2nd-test-india-tour-of-west-indies-1970-71 India played the same team. Until this test, India had not won even a single match against WI out of total 24 and lost 12. Abid Ali struck first ball as he bowled Fredrick. India continued to pick wickets frequently thereby reducing WI to 132/6. WI were eventually bowled out for 214. Charlie Davis who had replaced Carew scored a fine unbeaten 71. Ashok Mankad and Sunny saw off the tricky few hours before close of play on Day 1. Sunny made 65 in his test debut innings. Dilip Sardesai carried his brilliant form by scoring 112. Solkar , yet again chipped in with a handy knock of 55. Jack Noreiga the off-spinner picked 9/95 as India posted 325 with a good lead of 138 runs. Fredrick and Kanhai opened the innings. Kanhai was dismissed on 27. Fredrick and Davis ensured WI had erased the lead. Davis was injured during nets and batted later on next day/ Next day Fredrick was run out which created a controversy regarding the dismissal. Ralph Gosein was umpire for 3 tests out of 5 in this series and there were unhappiness over some of his decisions. The key one being Fredrick being given run out on a throw by Jayantilal from the deep. Probably the best thing Jayantilal ever did on a cricket field. This run out of Fredrick who had scored 80, changed the match into India's favor and the dismissal was then talked about a lot. Wadekar showed a brilliant piece of captaincy. Sobers used have issues against left arm bowlers. Wadekar immediately asked Salim Durani the left arm medium pacer who dismissed Sobers for a duck. West Indies were in deep trouble. The great Indian spinners make Camacho look clueless and they ended Camacho's international cricket career. West Indies were all out for 261. India needed 124 runs to win which were score don the 4th day itself. Sunny had scored 2 half centuries in both innings of his debut test. This was an historic win and first one against WI in 23 years. 3rd Test - (Draw) March 19, 1971 to March 24, 1971 Rest Day - 22 March Bourda, Georgetown, Guyana West Indies Playing 11: Keith Boyce, Roy Fredericks, Lance Gibbs, Rohan Kanhai, Clive Lloyd, Sir Garry Sobers (c), Joey Carew, Charlie Davis, Grayson Shillingford, Jack Noreiga, Desmond Lewis (wk) India Playing 11: Syed Abid Ali, Bishan Bedi, Sunil Gavaskar, Eknath Solkar, Srinivas Venkataraghavan, Gundappa Viswanath, Ajit Wadekar (c), Ashok Mankad, Pochiah Krishnamurthy (wk), Salim Durani, Dilip Sardesai Vishy had recovered and he made the playing 11 replacing Prasanna as spin attack was comprised of Bedi and Venkat. Scorecard: http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/17261/scorecard/63068/west-indies-vs-india-3rd-test-india-tour-of-west-indies-1970-71 WI replaced leg spin of Arthur Barrett with off spinner Lance Gibbs who was West Indies best spinner ever. Carew also made playing 11. Mike Frindlay the keeper was replaced by Desmond Lewis and Camacho was replaced by Keith Boyce. Frindlay the keeper was anyways a bad batsman. Vanburb Holder was dropped. India played the same team as in 2nd Test. Sobers yet again won the toss and opted to bat first. Carew and Fredrick posted a decent opening stand if 78. Middle order batsmen Lloyd and Desmond Lewis scored 50's to take the WI first innings to 363. Sobers and Lloyd's collision while taking run helped India make a crucial breakthrough with Lloyd's wicket. Yet again Indian spinners had to take most of the wickets as was a case in those times. Mumbai openers Ashok Mankad and Sunny gave opening partnership of 72 runs against attack of Shillingford and Boyce. Sunny went on to convert his start into a good knock of 112 runs thereby scoring his first test ton. India scored 376 to take a first innings lead of 13 runs. WI retaliated strongly in second innings declaring on 307/3 as Davis and Sobers both scored unbeaten tons. Ashok Mankad and Sunny scored unbeaten 50's to take India to 123 without loss of wicket. The result was a draw and India lead 1-0 with two tests to be played. 4th Test - (Draw) April 1, 1971 to April 6, 1971 Rest Day - 5 April West Indies v India - Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados West Indies Playing 11: Maurice Foster, Roy Fredericks, Vanburn Holder, Rohan Kanhai, Clive Lloyd, Sir Garry Sobers (c), Charlie Davis, John Shepherd, Desmond Lewis (wk), Inshan Ali, Uton Dowe Out - Carew, Sillingford, Boyce, Lance Gibbs, Noreiga In - Fosters, Holder, Shepherd, Inshan Ali, Uton Dowe India Playing 11: Syed Abid Ali, Bishan Bedi, Sunil Gavaskar, Eknath Solkar, Srinivas Venkataraghavan, Gundappa Viswanath, Ajit Wadekar (c), Ashok Mankad, Pochiah Krishnamurthy (wk), Motganhalli Jaisimha, Dilip Sardesai Salim Durani was replaced by Jaisimha Scorecard: http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/17261/scorecard/63069/west-indies-vs-india-4th-test-india-tour-of-west-indies-1970-71 Finally Wadekar won the toss and elected to field. Abid Ali once again in the series dismissed Fredrick early. The 166 runs partnership between Lewis and Kanhai steadied the top order for WI. Sobers was unbeaten on 178 as he declared the innings on 501/5. Bedi and Venkat had failed to impress in this match. India struggled at 70/6. Solkar (65) yet again contributed with a fighting knock. Dilip Sardesai continued his fine form scoring a well made 150. They both helped avoid the follow-on. India were relatively well placed at 347 after the collapse. WI attacked as they already had a lead, scoring 180/6 in 43 overs and declared. India were set a target of 335 runs and little less than a days play to survive. Sunny scored 117 not out while Jaisimha, Mankad and Sardesai did their bit in drawing the test as India were 221/5 at the end of the day. Mankad with wrist injury did put a valiant stay for a good time. 5th Test - (Draw) April 13, 1971 to April 19, 1971 Rest Day - 16 April Queen's Park Oval, Port of Span, Trinidad With a lead of 1-0, India could not lose the series going into the final test. West Indies Playing 11: Maurice Foster, Rohan Kanhai, Clive Lloyd, Sir Garry Sobers (c), Joey Carew, David Holford, Charlie Davis, John Shepherd, Jack Noreiga, Desmond Lewis (wk), Uton Dowe India Playing 11: Syed Abid Ali, Bishan Bedi, Sunil Gavaskar, Eknath Solkar, Srinivas Venkataraghavan, Gundappa Viswanath, Ajit Wadekar (c), Pochiah Krishnamurthy (wk), Motganhalli Jaisimha, Dilip Sardesai, Erapalli Prasanna Injured Ashok Mankad was out. Prasanna made it to the playing 11. Scorecard: http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/17261/scorecard/63070/west-indies-vs-india-5th-test-india-tour-of-west-indies-1970-71 Wadekar after winning the toss opted to bat first. Run machines of this series,Sunny and Sardesai, scored 124 and 75 respectively. Venkat contributed with 51, his highest of the test career till that point of time. India scored 360 all out batting more than a day. It was in this WI innings when Sobers was controversially given not out as Bedi took a return catch of his bowling. Sobers then went on to score 132. Davis made 105. WI scored a mammoth 526 taking a lead of 166 runs. In India's batting innings, Abid Ali was dismissed early. Sunny and Wadekar put on a fighting 148 runs partnership. Sardesai and Sunny then erased of the remaining lead. All the remaining batsmen chipped on with some runs while Gavaskar scored a magnificent 220. India were all out for 427 runs leaving WI a target of 262 runs. It was in this test that Sunny achieved the record of scoring a ton and a double in same test. WI in attempt to chase scored 165/8 and survived another loss. India had won a historic series by a margin of 1-0 The Positives: (1) The best win ever in Indian cricketing history given the various contexts imo. This was India's first overseas win against West Indies in the Lions den who used to thrash India and other teams for fun. This to me is the best test series victory i have watched in my lifetime from the many brilliant overseas test victories that i have seen. (2) Golden years with respect to overseas test wins The team carried this confidence in next test series to beat England in England (1972) by margin of 1-0 in 3 test series. The momentum was with Team India. There were now 3 overseas test series wins in matter of few years. For a team which was a punching bag, three overseas test series wins in 4 years was a magnificent achievement. a. India won the 4 match test series 3-1 in NZ in 1967/68 b. India won the 5 match test series 1-0 in WI in 1971 c. India won the 3 match test series 1-0 in England in 1972 India had started winning oversees tour after tasting first overseas win in 1967/68. (3) "Sunny", the batting legend announced his capabilities Then 21 years old, Sunil Gavaskar, one of the best test batsman ever, rose to the occasion scoring 774 runs in debut series in just 4 tests, with 220 as his highest in debut series and averaging 154.80. This still remains the best series score ever by an Indian batsman in history of cricket. To have such a series in debut tour was simply signs of greatness, which over a period of time was actually witnessed as Sunny established himself as one of the best test batsman ever. The next highest run scorer was Dilip Sardesai with 642 runs (132 less runs). Sunny record in debut series is still intact. Now batsmen cannot even score 774 in 4 tests in spite of many tests being played against minnows. It is doubtful if any Indian batsman will ever break that record. The record is safe as we see Sehwag, Sachin, Laxman and Dravid's career is over. Kohli too is finding it tough to surpass it. Sunny tops in 2 of the three best series scores ever by Indian batsmen: (1) 774 in 8 innings against WI in WI in 1971 - Sunny. (2) 732 in 9 innings against WI in India in 1978/79 - Sunny. (3) 692 in 8 innings against Australia in Australia in 2014 /15 - Kohli. Reference: http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/series/62312.html?view=records Hope this flashback rekindles the winning euphoria, especially to those who have listened to the commentary on their transistors and watched the highlights / clippings on new the next day. Thank you.
  3. 13 points
    The minute we give in to their demands
  4. 10 points
    Gollum

    MSK Prasad full interview (long)

    Does he (Dhoni) remain a match-winner? Undoubtedly. He is going to be the most important guy for India in the World Cup: be it in his advisory role to Virat, be it with his wicketkeeping, be it with is on-field mentoring of young players… No word about his batting
  5. 10 points
    The police have made enquiries about the intruder and found that his name his Velu
  6. 7 points
    In the last 8-10 years, Test cricket has never been healthier and more compelling to watch than in recent times. Don't know what Manohar is smoking.
  7. 7 points
    To be honest, you're an asshole
  8. 7 points
    maniac

    Priyanka Gandhi enters active politics

    For a second I thought Rajasthan Royals team is looking full of crazy power hitters instead of Rahane
  9. 6 points
    @velu little trick from experience . you should hide it subtly somewhere in between. Most times I place Rohit and Ishant somewhere strategically when discussing Indian greats :) by placing that as the first point,no one reads the rest even though you might have tried “genuine” points You have let me down again.
  10. 6 points
    They should name the disgruntled player and make sure he is never allowed in a cricket stadium.
  11. 6 points
    Watch India's test matches in Australia when we used to tour them in the 90s. The stadiums were barely 20% full. Now compare that to the last boxing day test where we saw a crowd of almost 80K on the first day. * Manohar.
  12. 5 points
    Point number 1 Lost you there, stopped reading.
  13. 5 points
    asterix

    What was Karthik thinking?

    Don’t take this series seriously. This was a “give & take” series... You take ODIs, we take the T20s... The pie chucker KruPa becoming MoM in the second match was the indicator. He’s a rank pie chukar...he shouldn’t be in the team... Rohit showed his MI bias to give full series to KruPa... Rohit sucked as captain in this series... pretty mediocre team selection, not utilising Shankar’s bowling. Persisting with pretty mediocre Khalil, who’s a pathetic fielder too. I was hoping for Kaul to play in place of him... If you are experimenting in this series why give full series to those mediocre players like KruPa & Khalil full series while KeJa and Kaul sitting on bench? Dhoni as a WK gives you crucial wickets. His lightning stumping saved India otherwise would’ve been chasing a much bigger score... To me Rohit looks a compromised individual... He can win or lose as per demand without raising any eyebrows...
  14. 5 points
    flamy

    We are ready to babysit

    https://streamable.com/vwvjj Sehwag gets sledged at the end by Aus baby tho.
  15. 5 points
    maniac

    Dhoni"s patriotic act in 3rd T20I

    50 bucks says this fan is the same guy who sells his blood and mom’s bangles to ensure Rajnikant movie runs for 100 days.
  16. 5 points
    I get where this guy is coming from. Newly appointed chief and obviously he will hit the right notes “relationship with India” blah blah. However just seems like another stereotypical Pakistani official. This guy is a Brit Pak. Thought he will have a more subtle approach but looks like more things change the more they remain the same. By the way Brit Pakistani are way worse than the average Pakistani living in Pakistan. These guys harbor more hate.
  17. 5 points
    Why not get Pujara in contention... while you're at it why not Unadcut and Binay Koomar. MSK Prasad must be perpetually high from Dhoni's ass fumes.
  18. 5 points
    Rahane MSK Prasad you g@ndu
  19. 4 points
    this gem from sir agarkar
  20. 4 points
    India vs Zimbabwe tied Match at Paarl in 1997 where Eddo Brandes Bowled a wide and our batting pair ran them self out. I was mad, furious that time to see us fk up the chance to win that game. Watch from 4:18
  21. 4 points
    India vs Australia , first game TVS cup 2003. I was probably 8 or 9 but vividly remember this match. India batted first and Nathan Bracken struck early to get Sehwag out in the slips in the very first over. Afterwards Tendulkar and Laxman batted sensibly and scored centuries to take India to a good , challenging total. Gilly and Hayden opened the innings for Australia and started to take apart Indian bowlers to cleaners from the word go.. Gilchrist especially was in superb sublime touch and made Indian pacers look like joke. Finally when it looked like these two would easily guide Aussies to victory , Zaheer struck and clean bowled Gilly. Oh the joy we felt couldn't be described in words. This wicket proved quite crucial for India and Aussies couldn't recover afterwards resulting in a win for us. Those days beating Australians used to be a mammoth task which made the victory even more sweet.
  22. 4 points
    Brit Pak!s are scumbags of the highest order, worst that humanity has to offer. When they aren't running grooming gangs and indulging in pedo stuff, they are busy sending the largest delegation to boost up IS/AQ ranks. Dunno how Brits tolerate them within their borders... the USA based Pakistanis are way better than the Bradford & Birmingham types, hell I would prefer the original padosiland ones. Worst is despite the hate and jealousy they try to pass off as Indians in UK giving our community a bad name. Even Bangladeshis do the same but apart from making a joke of Indian 'curry' and a few isolated examples of crime/extremism they don't do our image nearly that much harm.
  23. 4 points
    You know very well why the snake is rattled.
  24. 4 points
    @velu Is this how you present reports in your office?
  25. 4 points
    Expect more of these now that India has become the undisputed number 1 test side and is set to retain that status for a long time, kuch logon ki g@nd jal rahi hai....had Eng/RSA/Pak been number 1 this snake would have been singing a different tune.
  26. 4 points
    ShoonyaSifar

    What was Karthik thinking?

    All aimed at ensuring no one points finger to the elephant in the room who lost us the match. No wonder they had to peddle the story of how great a patriot he is to hide his failures.
  27. 4 points
    I don't claim to be an expert, but I just hate the guy
  28. 4 points
    M It must be Mohtarma ....
  29. 4 points
    Congress welcoming Priyanka in Lucknow..
  30. 3 points
    I am not talking about the famous games but just random cricket games that are etched in your memory. The one that comes to mind was a match between SA and WI from a odi series in 1998. SA had a middling score and WI made a quick start opening with Chanderpaul and some other hack. All of a sudden Kallis,Kluesner,Pollock etc started bowling short pitch and hitting WI players on the grill,body and helmet and WI who looked like they will win all of a sudden folded meekly. It was painful and fun to watch at the same time. The other one was a odi match between India and Nzl in the mid 90s in Mumbai. I remember this one well because the next day my dad had given me passes to see an exhibition double wicket contest in the same ground. This tournament had Sachin,Azhar,Kambli etc. anyways, I remember this odi match the previous day as well because Kambli absolutely took apart Simon Doull with some breath taking drives and India chased down a small total real quick. I remember that exhibition game that followed as well. The star wasn’t Sachin or Azhar or Carl Hooper(who played in it) or Kambli but Gagan Khoda who hit some mighty 6s. Some of them so hard that it thudded into the cement block above the members stand where the members name was etched on it. One 6 was hit so hard that the dust flew off of the cement block. One of the most powerful 6s I have seen. The other one probably not so obscure game was when Chetan Sharma was promoted as a pinch hitter and ended up getting a 100 against England I guess. First time I saw such a innovative move. I believe Srikkanth was the captain. Also I remember Gilchrist’s 1st or 2nd game in the titan cup. Before this game I had seen Gilchrist in 1995 in the Hong Kong 6s tournament. The guy was the absolute standout star of this tournament. Those days there was no bias like “oh” this is T6 or some random pointless tournament. It was just exciting and refreshing to see this kind of hitting. Anyways, I was really excited to see him bat in internationals but I remember this game more for Alan Donald’s lethal spell. He got 2 in 2, just missed the hat trick with a Jaffa and got a wicket the next ball. Had 3 in 4. Was a lethal spell from an ATG at his peak.Absolutely dismantled Australia. Another one that comes to mind was from the India-England odi series 1993. Siddhu got a brilliant 100 and had a partnership with Kumble to get India over the line. I remember watching the last few overs live after I just came back from school. There are many such games but what are your random cricketing memories? Try avoiding the famous matches that everyone knows.
  31. 3 points
    Btw I remember that WI-SA game too. It was incredible how they bullied WI with hostile short-pitched bowling. I think @maniac is referring to the Super 8's tournament in Kuala Lumpur where Gilly stood out for Australia A. Video here. Then there was this HK 6's tourney where Sanju Manju absolutely bossed it but India lost the final against the WI .
  32. 3 points
    There was an ODI against NZ at home ('99 series) where they batted 1st and got 349 runs on the board. Remember the scores more or less, Spearman 68(44), Astle 120, Twose a 50. I had never seen hitting like that before in any ODI match, a couple of 6s by Spearman resulted in the ball getting stuck in the tent like roof.We batted well and scored 300+ but lost. That's a random match I guess. In our gully cricket matches, we had to choose a player's name and we used to call each other that...I christened myself Spearman for a few months when the other kids went for the big names. Then an ODI between NZ and RSA. It was a proper thriller and Klusener scored a rapid 50 or 60 to finish the match in the final ball.I remember Shane O Connor bowling yorkers on leg stump and somehow Zulu would hit those for 6s over square leg and deep mid wicket....insane power.
  33. 3 points
    Thank you. Sunny was temperamentally very strong and had immense patience. Only Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Pujara seem to show that much patience. Quality wise Sachin and Dravid could be compared to Sunny. In his days the second best bat was Vishy. As tall as Sunny was but Vishy's wrist work was much superior. Sunny on the other hand was a level above on comparison on all aspects. For someone who played quite a few years without grilled helmets and skull caps, he distinguishes himself over lot. Sachin and Dravid are comparable to him. Kohli isn't yet comparable technically to Sunny.
  34. 3 points
    As mediocre as Krunal is, leagues above Jadeja the LOI cricketer.
  35. 3 points
    Strengths:- 1) Dhoni can still bat , keep , run , give ideas , outsmart batsmen , and do his usual lightning fast stumpings 2) Shankar seems to be a quality bat , can replace rayudu if needed 3) Our top 3 can flay any team on their days 4) hardik provides much needed balance 5) kulcha will be a big threat to any oppositon 6) Jadhav brings much needed 6th bowling option 7) We bowled well even in the absense of bumrah / shami Weakness:- 1) Rayudu is here to stay 2) speed merchant khaleel got exposed badly 3) Our openers esp hitman is a bunny vs slight swing 4) Jadhav may not be able to play 6/7 games without getting hamstring Opportunities:- 1) kulcha can dismantle SENA teams Threats:- 1) Team Management can still screw us by picking a wrong team
  36. 3 points
    If not for this traitor it would be 50 years since Australia last won a test series in India, final frontier would have remained final frontier for the greatest cricket nation of the planet. Never forget the Nagpur betrayal, never forgive.
  37. 3 points
    I agree with Ganguly. Your best bats should be on the front end and not back.
  38. 3 points
    Based on my experience, that set is even bigger hardliner, most of them having migrated from the PoK in 50s and 60s. Absolutely hate anything Indian except when it comes to getting an identity when they become South Asian. On topic, we do not have play to Pakistan for BCCI to make money. IPL is a far bigger money spinner now for BCCI than any other bilateral series can ever be. There may still be interest in Ind-Pak cricket but last time Pakistan came to India to play Tests in 2007, there was not even 30% attendance at stadiums and the series was dull and boring. The 2012 Aane Do series was a hastily organised one when the then political establishment decided to show how secular it was (like the 2004 series in Pakistan by Vajpayee Govt). Don't think any Govt, BJP or Cong, will ever take the same risk at least for next few years.
  39. 3 points
    The age old problem plaguing Delhi cricket, mostly promoted by the DDCA high ranking officials, who also run clubs and cricket academies promising players place in Delhi/IPL squads. When this does not happen, selectors get threatened / beaten up. Sad state of affairs. This is the clique Gambhir has been fighting against.
  40. 3 points
    Should be in weakness and threat
  41. 3 points
    Take out test cricket and all that is left is a masala game.T20 is just entertainment and money,nobody gains respect from t20s.Even in ODIs,only knockout trophies have enduring value.I certainly wouldnt watch cricket if test cricket wasn't there,just tune in once during ODI world cups.
  42. 3 points
    Yes their army is responsible. But the ugly reality is that vast majority of Pakistanis support the likes of Hafiz and Masood Azhar. They werent' created in a vaccum. They are popular 'leaders' who fundraise from the masses of Pakistanis. There's a reason no Pakistani politician wants to publicly call out these so-called "non-state actors". Because he would take a massive popularity hit. Sure, the average Pakistani is a helpless slave to his own military - but in this particular question, it would be hard to argue that the vast majority doesn't happily go along with the military's policy.
  43. 3 points
    zen

    Dhoni"s patriotic act in 3rd T20I

    He sacrificed his wkt as well so others get more balls to hit big hits!
  44. 3 points
    @velu how did you miss this? Watch: MS Dhoni's "Patriotic Gesture" During 3rd T20I Sends Twitter Into A Frenzy Even though he played only 4 balls, he still made sure he got to display that he is the most patriotic guy ever born in India Dhoni needs to be in the XI for his advice to spinners and Pant, 0.099 second stumpings and of-course the patriotism that no one else has ever displayed
  45. 3 points
    Scumbags and equally scumbags the Indians licking and interacting with Pak ratd, domestic or abroad...avoid these mofos at all cost
  46. 3 points
    Is MSK Prasad a regular in Manish Malhotra's rave parties too? @UrmiSinhaRay
  47. 3 points
    Third grade people of third grade nation They live in their own bubble of denial
  48. 3 points
    maniac

    Tuk Tuk Sharma Appreciation Thread

    Rohit has the power of a gorilla in his 6s. Take that as a compliment. In a crowd full of monkeys and Langoors the man is a gorilla. His leadership is inspiration for Ceaser in the Planet of the Apes I am the James Franco to Rohit’s Ceaser
  49. 3 points
    This guy was a Hindu convert to Islam, only thing that bugs me But I won't judge this pic too harshly. The wife and another daughter aren't in ninja suit, so don't think ARR is forcing them. Maybe the girl Khatija is going through a rebellious teenage phase where she wants to stand out from the crowd or go against the flow. I mean all of us have gone through that stage in our lives which if you reminisce about now will have plenty of embarrassing moments, teenagers are difficult !!!! ARR's close sister Reihana is married to a Hindu and follows Hindu customs and traditions still, even their son (GV Prakash) had a Hindu wedding recently with yajna and all that tradition with Mr and Mrs Rahman in attendance....so don't think they are that extreme or inflexible.
  50. 3 points
    Sychopathy at next level
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