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  1. 40 points
    I have waited a long time for this day ! 4 Indian fast bowlers, terrorizing the opposition batters with pace, bounce, accuracy and movement ... and winning a test away from home. 20 wickets were taken for the test, 60 wickets for the series ... opposition batters were hit on the head, body and fingers. Bumrah ... pace, bounce, accuracy and seam movement Shami ... pace, bounce, swing and seam movement Bhuvi ... accuracy, swing and astuteness Ishant ... tall and economical workhorse with decent pace Lots of new fast bowlers coming up ... Saini the best prospect for tests. Good days ahead for Indian fast bowling fans ! Cheers ! A lot of credit goes to Kohli too ... Kohli ko pace pasand hai !
  2. 29 points
  3. 25 points
    this is worse than "target mushkil to nahi hai, haaan Lekin difficult jaroor hai" by kapil
  4. 25 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.
  5. 25 points
    NameGoesHere

    WTF is this series???

    This series is like what I'd imagine sex to be like with the same partner after 60 years of a relationship. You're doing it, you don't know why you're doing it even as you're joylessly doing it, and you, your partner and the rest of the world are thinking - 4 GAWD'S SAKE, Y U DOIN' IT BUB?????
  6. 22 points
    In another flash news, Philander has suffered a heart attack hearing this news...
  7. 22 points
    BeautifulGame

    WTF is this series???

    This is the Rahane series. Exclusively played to ensure he can keep his place till 2019. I am sure we will soon play a series with. Srilanka were MSD will confirm his place for 2019. Just not sure who we can play to help of Yuvi.Maybe Namibia ?
  8. 22 points
    Post-retirements, Dravid has become more valuable than SRT hands down. When Dravid speaks you can be assured that he speaks that benefits Team India.
  9. 21 points
    Saha catches: NOTHING MORE TO SAY! THIS IS FOR THE BENEFIT OF THOSE ASKING HOW WE KNOW SAHA CAN TAKE THE CATCHES THAT PARTHIV DROPPED.
  10. 21 points
    maniac

    WTF is this series???

    Woke up from a nap and they are still playing but playing for what? Why is Yuvraj randomly bowling? apart from Kuldeep nothing makes sense in this game at all. Pointless series and the worst match I have seen ever and I have seen a lot of crapfest games like minnow games in the Wc etc but atleast they have points and some meaning...this is brutal
  11. 20 points
    Lead from the front with the bat through out this tour. Just amazing how he performed in every game and lead from the front with this mediocre batting otherwise. This is what we have lacked in the past. We should have at least one an ODI series in South Africa, but we could never since we did not make the best of our batting abilities in the past. Kohli's leading from the front with the bat as captain was a big difference, with spinners being the bigger difference. What a captain. Great bowling by Chahal and Kuldeep also through out the series. Just needs to make few changes by dropping certain players, and he can be tat closest thing to perfect captain we can ask for. Well done Kohli and team India.
  12. 20 points
    First he destroyed my childhood in the winter of 2003-04. Now this incompetent shameless cretin is after my adulthood in the winter of 2018.
  13. 20 points
    If only we had a bowler like him available in the CT. Oh wait...
  14. 20 points
    Mosher

    Dhoniconda suffocating India now

    Dhoni has now scored the slowest 50 by any Indian batsman in the last 16 years. All those comments by him about playing freely has just been hogwash.
  15. 19 points
    His contributions to the Indian cricket team as a player was unparalleled. Now he is going out of his way and producing young players who are national squad ready. The work he has done with the u19 and A-squad teams will never be forgotten. Kudos to this man who has actually contributed immensely even after retiring, unlike so many other legends who have either just contributed as commentators or have taken up some high paying administrative role (Some cheerleader have also gone on to F us by becoming an undeserving national coach).
  16. 19 points
    How about coming back to open the innings mr .Gavaskar? We seem to have a problem there too.
  17. 19 points
    The Dark Horse

    Poyyz 74 all out Laugh loud

    Afghan U-19 beat Pak U-19
  18. 19 points
    Cricketics

    Thank You Kumble

    I though he deserves a good bye thread. There isn't any yet. Legend of Indian cricket and under him we had a good run as we won plenty of series in his short stint. Best for me was the comeback series win against Aus when Australia were really looking to comeback hard against India. We could have lost that series but to bounce back agaisnt a brilliant Aussie side was great. Thank You Kumble, wish it could have been a better ending. But thanks for your services.
  19. 18 points
    There are no dead rubbers in test cricket numbskull, every test on its own is worth more than an odi series, winning a test match especially in such hostile conditions and on the back of our fast bowlers is something to be very proud of and deserve all the celebrations.
  20. 18 points
    mancalledsting

    SHAME ON YOU SOUTH AFRICA

    Elgar's exaggerated facial expressions were straight out of the Sri Lankan school of cricket playbook.
  21. 18 points
    Next PC by Crybaby Kohli- 'Graeme Smith is no longer my friend'
  22. 18 points
    Let me just start off by saying what a fantastic test match. Real cricket at its best. This may surprise some, but India did many things right in this test match (as compared with their previous overseas horrors) and showed many key attributes of a team that can be successful overseas. Sadly we lost the tactical/experience/organisational battle in this game and that was the difference between the two sides. If they have the open mindedness and will, the team and management can really learn a lot from this last game providing crucial experience going forward. 1. Selection Dhawan/Rohit in place of Rahul/Rahane. Obvious one. Remember the phainty Rahane gave to Cummins on a spicy Dharmsala wicket? Remember the century on a green top at lords. Play him in ODIs and leave him out in tests....kya logic? Dhawan has the ability to attack well in these conditions (got starts in both innings) but sadly, does not have the defensive technique or tactical acumen to stay at the crease long enough to accumulate a substantial score. Rohit seems to find a different way to get out every innings. 2. Bowling in 1st innings After Bhuvi has got us into a 12/3 position, Shami and Bumrah completely released the pressure valve allowing South African back into the game when we should have had them on their knees. Shami looked horrendously unfit/distressed, but seemed to be back to his normal self second innings. 3. Batting order Sending Ashwin ahead of Saha/Pandya was a huge blunder. Ashwin is a good batsmen when he is not given the pressure of being an allrounder and batting up the order. When played as as tailender, he invariably contributes useful runs as evidenced by second innings. Saha and Panda have more batting prowess than Ashwin and the lineup should reflect that. Pandya could have scored so much more, if he didn't run out of partners in the first innings. 4. Slip catching ABDV was ruthless in the slips, waiting for every ball and didnt drop anything, even difficult chances. Compare to Shikhar Dhawan in first innings who dropped a catch that you'd expect to be taken at school boy level. That drop cost us an extra 30-50 runs. Its like in ODIs if you can't run between the wickets/take your chances in the outfield, you will throw away games. Same applies to slip catching in tests. 5. Chepu's approach He is a fine batsmen with excellent commitment. Unfortunately, he seems to be getting unplayable balls on every visit to South Africa. See the links below. What is the reason for this? Is it just because he's unlucky? I've noticed that because he lacks attacking intent, bowlers are very happy to run into him all day as they know the scoreboard will not go anywhere. If you don't score off the bowlers, you're giving them clean chit to run in at you and give you their best balls. Pujara, needs to think of ways that he can get off strike at least. It doesn't help that he is as very slow runner. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-UkyGiEd3m0 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAexpYuoH1Y 6. No warm up game. It was not surprising that quicks looked horribly out of touch in the first innings and suddenly improved 2nd innings. Sri Lanka series..what a blunder by the BCCI, deary me! Positives: 1. Never say die attitude of this side They simply wouldn't roll over, they took the match as far as they could. 2. Formiddable fast bowling display 2nd innings This was amazing, to get South Africa 130 all out after they are 60/0 (those 60 runs they amassed when the wicket was at its flattest in the game). Didnt given the South African batsmen an inch. 3. Hardik Pandya Self explanatory. As Kohli began to trust him more with the ball, the others pacers felt less pressure and could rest more. 4. Ashwin Came under a lot of flak before this test with many calling for his head. Did very well with his bowling 1st innings, getting 2 wickets for dirt cheap. Was used by his captain like a spinner should be in these conditions- an axillary bowler who may help out in the final innings of the match. Not a front line bowler like MSD used to have Ashwin and Jadeja bowling together...OMG! Fielded really well too effecting an excellent run out and batting came good second innings, more comfortable lower down the order. 5. Saha's WK Papered over the cracks in our slip cordon with his terrific catching. Didnt bat well first innings but looked to really apply himself second innings and in the end got a rough decision. Going forward? At the very least drop Dhawan and Rohit. Bring in KL and Rahane in their place. I'd be happy with these 2 changes. I would personally like to see Rahane at no. 3, someone who can take the attack to the opposition and genuinly enjoys quick bowling. I'd move Chepu to opener (he can see of the ball as much as he likes there) in place of Vijay and play Iyer at 5. Vijay is also a liability in the field, he seems to have put on weight and is a very slow mover, South Africa milked some extra runs in the first innings because of this. We already have Aswhin, Chepu in the field, how many donkeys can we continue to carry in this test lineup overseas? Why Iyer? He's tall. An inherent advantage in bouncy conditions. Also, he looks to get on top of the ball when he plays his shots (that tends to stop you edging the ball in swinging conditions). He's fresh from Ranji and so hopefully his game hasn't been infected with bad t20 habits and maybe batting on mumbai tracks will mean he's more comfortable against pace. And finally, when all else fails....keep calm and remember the process
  23. 18 points
    Shastri the PR Bot... Will say whatever has been programmed into it!
  24. 18 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.
  25. 18 points
    Captaincy change or Selection panel change - Let anything happen Indian Cricket won't change! If Dhoni used to hate changing teams, Kohli hates having newbies in team and brings back all the oldies. If Dhoni used to give excuses of 'Process', Kohli is giving excuses of getting in 'experience' in the team. If Dhoni used to give long rope to his favourites, Kohli is giving new rope to his buddies. Why nobody has any vision? Why is every captain running as if a horse on blinkers, can't they see anything outside their closed group?

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