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  1. 16 points
  2. 9 points

    Happy Birthday Ganguly

    Happy birthday to the Architect of Modern Indian Cricket!
  3. 8 points
    Wtf I saw the same video about Mugabe destroying Zimbabwean cricket yesterday and that is why this popped up in the related video feed. Maybe we all clicked on a YouTube video posted on ICF and went on the same YouTube rabbit hole
  4. 7 points
    I don't believe in jinx, anti jinx etc. and I don't care that I would look like a fool if it backfires. I just went by the mixture of my instincts , gut feelings, few objective points, pluses and minuses and the team's recent performances and this is what I honestly feel and believe: India will win this World Cup. I won't lie. I was bit skeptical about India's chances if they were to meet Eng and Aus in back to back knock outs. But from the moment it was confirmed that Ind was facing NZ, I was sure of our chances. The reasons are, 1. For the first time our bowling gives me more confidence than our batting. Batting can only save you so much but with good bowling attack you can win the whole thing. Our bowling unit with Bumrah gives me the confidence to take wickets at any stage of the innings. And this makes me believe India can defend any reasonable score and our batsmen are not bad and they can very well make that Reasonable score. 2. NZ are not in great form. They were huffing and puffing in group stages with their non existent openers. Only KW played reasonable and their middle order is suspect to spinners. Their bowling is also inconsistent. If Ind bats first: Our recent matches with them shows, only if they have very helpful bowling conditions at the top they would be in the game, But even then, I believe we would make a decent enough score like about 250 to defend and win, like Aus-NZ game. NZ could have very well lost with the similar target against Ban and SA if not for KW's luck. And we have better catching and bowling unit than Ban and SA. If India chases against them, it will end like Ind-SL/NZ-Pak game where they can make a decent score but fails to defend, as I believe they cannot hit us for 315+ score. So honestly, I don't see India losing to NZ. 3. England is not invincible as some made them out to be. If they bat first, they tend to lose way in the middle overs. Even against us, they were pulled down considerably in the middle overs. Root/Morgan/Buttler can be contained with our bowlers. Only if we scored at a reasonably higher rate at the top and had not pathetically wandered at the end we could have had a chance to beat them. If we bat first, we have enough quality to score 320 and that would be more than handful in the Final. 4. Australia usually a different beast altogether in the Finals. But if we bat first I believe we can make our way to 300. Top order or bust is the story of the Aus batting so far, so chasing a 300+ target with our bowling is not gonna be easy for them. Finch is not usually great against us and Warner also not been his usual devastating best. Smith, Maxwell, Stoinis has been pathetic so far with only Carey is salvaging some pride for Aus middle order. So yeah, defending 300+ is not gonna be tough in the finals, with their shaky middle order. Chasing against Australia in the Finals. Now this is the only scenario where things will get tricky for us. I believe even if they score 280-300, they will make it really hard for us and if they score 300+ most probably we would be toast. They defended even 260 valiantly in India against us and had us in the floor, only to be saved by Yuvraj and Raina. Now we have no one in that quality in the middle order. So restricting them below 280 is imperative because anything below 280 is Thala's territory and he would put his entire skills, **Insert Liam Neeson's "Skills" dialogue from Taken** on the line to take us to glory in the last over, and even last ball. But will we contain them below 280? I think there is good chances that we will, due to the Aus batting conundrum mentioned in the above para ( No, I don't think Handscomb for Khawaja gonna make any difference). Anyway, to arrive at this scenario, Aus has to beat Eng (50% chance), they need bat first against us (50% chance), India need to bowl bit poorly (30% chance), and they need to bat reasonably well from top to bottom to score 300 (30% chance). This is what? Like, 30% of 30% of 50% of 50%? Like 2.25% on whole to have Aus to defend 300 in the finals and that too assuming we wont chase 300+ against them. So 97.75% the odds are in favor of us. And before we venture into "Cricket is a game glorious uncertainties" or "premature ejaculation" territory, let me tell you I know too well that on a given day any team can beat any team, like Kenya did against WI in 96, I am fully aware of the fact that India can very well be bowled out for 40 runs against NZ and be chased down in 4 overs etc. but the chances of that happening are too less, based on what we have been witnessing in the recent past. So, this is what I believe will be the most possible outcome and I am just waiting out the days till July 14, to have these things developed into reality. :)
  5. 6 points
    Kuldeep 55 this WC.
  6. 5 points
    Razzaq is an excellent Pakistani, infact one of the leading thinkers from Pakistan. One can not judge pakistan as a culture based on world lenses, or what is appropriate in civilized word.
  7. 4 points
    you want to see kohli century or matches won.....we are top of the table inspite of glaring weakness and opening is least of them......BTW so deaperate for kohli century so dont watch wc watch any of the biletral concluded last year.... Kuch bhi thread nikal rahey hai log.
  8. 4 points
    I will be too excited to think about this already. This could be our 3rd world cup title and with the next one in India, we can win that too. Imagine 42 year old Dhoni hitting the winning 6 helicopter
  9. 4 points
    Otherwise he will just need 2 weeks to make him disappear :)
  10. 3 points
  11. 3 points

    So Vijay Shankar's injury was real??

    Hope your second sentence becomes reality
  12. 3 points
    Filling DHONI's shoes in ODI's is next to impossible.... Lets be honest here...DHONI is the best finisher world has seen.....He is compared to M. Bevan which is a huge compliment by itself. Remember, MSD is playing as wicket-keeper batsmen.. But pant has already surpassed him as Test cricketer....He got a test hundred in England and Australia which MSD couldn't do it ...... MSD has scored only 6 test hundreds in his whole career....Pant need only 4 more...which could happen in an year or so....it happens even quickly, if it matches are in sub-continent conditions... This guy is the future star...in Gilchrist mode...(Not in terms of technique or shot making but in terms of impact on the game)
  13. 3 points

    Will Rohit turn the page in the WC?

    Credit where due, Sharma has done something no one's ever done before. Call it fluke, luck, skills, consistency, etc. You still have to deliver big and he has done it, no complains. Everyone is in awe of his performance and that's what matters.
  14. 3 points

    Try Pant as an opener

  15. 3 points
    Weird, it was just yesterday I saw a youtube video on my feeds that showed why Zimbabve had fallen off cricket. This dude pops up on that video. Now I come on this forum than see what he is doing these days. Was this a coincidence?
  16. 3 points
    So Jadhav can bowl full quarta of 10 or be chosen solely as a bowler? Or will he last a full tournament ? Truth th is Jadhav is a hardworking novelty bowler bowling low trajectory on low pitches - won’t work anywhere else and won’t be able to complete full quota can’t be taken as a pure batter either as a fielder hehe jaddu is your 10 over 50 runs one or no wicket bowler . Batting is a bonus if he clicks but Can stay on crease . Fielding saves 10 runs a match jadhav is a 5 over 20-40 runs 0-2 wicket bowler and a 20-40 run maker won’t comment on his fielding both have different roles to play
  17. 3 points
    .... brought a tear of joy to my eyes to see a cricketer reinvent himself in such a way
  18. 3 points
    Kohli is smart. In Dhoni and Shastri, he has got two dudes who he can allways blame and Fans won’t question what was Kohli doing? So no, For me, This is simply a standard effective tactic by a manager to make his associate work more. BTW, Shastri is smarter, and isn’t falling for any such Adjectives coming off Kohli. So we nEver see Kohli ever praising our coach
  19. 3 points

    Will Rohit turn the page in the WC?

    I'm sure Rohit will graciously acknowledge your encouraging pat and strive to even better his thus far stellar performances in the WC.
  20. 3 points
    kuldeep has been utterly toothless at taking wkts this WC. recent form matters more than past record in bilaterals.
  21. 3 points
    completely against jaddu in the knock offs,he will be taken to the cleaners by all 3 teams.there is a reason he was dumped after the CT.
  22. 3 points

    Manchester weather and tactics

    India had better plan on leaving Boult alone for the first few overs. Rather India be 0/30 after 10 overs, then 2/45. Once his first spell has passed there is plenty of bowlers to take advantage of. Catching up those extra 15-20 runs is easily achievable, esp if Hitman plays regulation cricket shots. Boult is a genuine match winner. He can break our hearts. KL is potentially a walking wicket when he bowls.
  23. 3 points
    Thanks to Dhoni , India is playing NZ rather than rampaging Pakistan.
  24. 2 points
    Can you tell me the combined average of kulcha in this WC? How are you having hope from them when they neither did anything last year nor this WC. It's not India. It's England. Pitches have hardly helped spin. All top wicket takers are pacers. You play bowlers who are most likely to give you wickets in these conditions. Spinners aren't those. You don't play someone on hope he will do this, he will do that.
  25. 2 points
    wow .. kind of location i like to booze with my parivar

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