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  1. 25 points
    this is worse than "target mushkil to nahi hai, haaan Lekin difficult jaroor hai" by kapil
  2. 22 points
    In another flash news, Philander has suffered a heart attack hearing this news...
  3. 21 points
  4. 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.
  5. 19 points
    How about coming back to open the innings mr .Gavaskar? We seem to have a problem there too.
  6. 19 points
    On the stump mic: "Agar shaam tak khelenge toh inki g'aand phat jayegi." #MyCaptain
  7. 19 points
    The Dark Horse

    Poyyz 74 all out Laugh loud

    Afghan U-19 beat Pak U-19
  8. 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
  9. 18 points
    BATSMEN 1. They should look to leave most deliveries clearly outside the off-stump and leave all deliveries that are out of their reach. 2. There is no point in defending high bouncing deliveries on or outside the off-stump. Unless an attacking shot is tried, just leave the delivery. 3. Basically .... leaving a lot of deliveries would be the key. 4. Get set before trying adventurous shots. 5. Cut down lofted shots. 6. Basically, practice and try to avoid all the bad habits that creep in while playing LOIs. All our batters know all this but it is easier said than done. They need to specifically practice this in the little time left. PACERS 1. Target the top of off stump to top of 5th stump with most deliveries 2. Punctuate this with surprise bouncers targeted at the back shoulder 3. Hit the deck hard unless trying to swing the ball ..... and bowl at full pace 4. Don't try too many variation and be " boring " bowlers. 5. Basically, don't allow the batters to leave too many deliveries or give them width outside off or balls on pads.
  10. 17 points
    Thank you for your services Pujara. Here's your gift. Bye.
  11. 17 points
    WTF? You can hear what these two Delhi boys talking on the pitch... Kohli: Tu 2 ball Khel lega iski? Ishu (in his gawky voice): Haan... K: Pucca? I: 6 ball bhi khila de koi problem nahin hain... K: Chhod.. Lunch ke baad dekhenge.. K: Shabash lambe... crease pe hi rahiyo... I (Gawky voice): Haan...
  12. 17 points
    He is the missing link between pacers and spinners
  13. 16 points
    We have replaced SuperWriddhi-Man with Arthritis-Pappu. Pappu can't catch saala.
  14. 16 points
    He should drop himself for the England tour even if he scores a 100 in each of the two Tests in SA. #Horsesforcourses ftw.
  15. 16 points
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  17. 15 points
    Dont worry its just a news flash He will check Stayn morkel rabada bowling in nets for the last time and injure himself again.
  18. 14 points
    Yes, we are just not good enough, but there are several reasons for this abject performance. You can't go into a tough overseas series without any preparation. Yes, we could have still performed poorly if we went to SA several weeks before, had match practice, etc., but the odds wouldn't be stacked against us as much it did just landing in SA days before the first test and practicing only at the nets. You want to put yourself in the best position to succeed and the BCCI aussholes neither realize that nor do they care. I do not even know if the team leadership relayed the need for match preparation to BCCI. Instead we played meaningless ODI series at home against SL. Again, due to the schedule, Kohli scheduled his marriage and all the parties days before the trip which could not have helped him focus personally and as a team. Team leadership is horrible. Questionable captaincy decisions and Shastri is nothing but a yes man. Look at how he interviewed when Kumble got the job, via Skype from Bangkok. It shows that he has a sense of entitlement about it and got pissed when he did not get the job. Indian batsman lack the technique to survive in alien conditions. They are very comfortable in favorable conditions, but do not have the ability to adapt. This is attributed to lack of discipline, lack of mental toughness, the will to win, hard work, sense of entitlement and getting complacent easily. They also have a tendency to crumble under pressure. This team needs a team psychologist as much as it needs coach and physical trainer. Haven't we seen this over and over again (ever since I have been watching cricket)? Cricketers change over the years, but these traits remain. Why? Look at what they did with Kumble? His tough approach to coaching made people uncomfortable. I knew this team was doomed when they replaced him for a Yes / party man. Because of this, Indians are always good on paper, but when the chips are down they never deliver, especially away. Add to that the fact that we have never had 1 or 2 spearhead fast bowlers who can significantly influence the game. Add to this the horrible organizational performance of BCCI, nepotism, favoring profits over performance, etc. etc. We may have talents coming up in the domestic scene, but I guarantee you it will not result in overseas win performances because of some of the reasons I mentioned above. India will always play and do well at home, but they will continue to fail abroad in alien conditions. There may be a win or two here and there, but they simply cannot win consistently to considered a ATG team. Kohli is doing fine with his individual performances, but his arrogance his coming in the way of introspection, and from questioning his own decision making. How is he going to improve then? Idiot Shastri will just say yes to everything and the rest of the team will get disillusioned when they cannot lean on good leadership. Mental state of mind is as important as technique in achieving success in sports. Look at India with sports in general. What are we good at? Almost nothing. We suck at soccer, or hockey (although hockey is improving) hardly win any medals in Olympics and given the amount of infrastructure and popularity of cricket in India, we are not very good unless we are playing at home. Nothing is going to change in the short term. We will lose this test series 0-3, probably lose the ODI series as well. Then in England and Australia tours we will repeat the same mistakes (lack of preparation) and get whacked again. In the meantime, there will be IPL tamasha and once we start playing at home, all will be forgotten and these cricketers will think they are on top of the world.
  19. 14 points
    This is what happens when your captain and coach has an agenda. This is what happens when you insults the legends of the country. This is what happens when you try to rewrite the cricketing acumen. Consider this as a rant but as a test cricket fan, I am so upset and angry right now. Anil Kumble is a legend of the game. Kohli forced him to step down for a motormouth Shastri. CAC appointed Dravid and Zak as batting & bowling consultants respectively. Shastri said, he dont need them. Mujhe Bharat Arun chahiye, mujhe Sanjay Bangar chahiye. What did you do, you ignored the legends of your country and insulted them. They walked off quietly . Delhi test got over on 9th Dec. COA & BCCI wanted the test players to go to SA early but they chose to stay back in India to attend Virat's wedding reception. The players turned up to SA just 5 days before the test. Sachin pagal tha? Dravid ya Laxman pagal the? They used to travel overseas atleast 10 days ago, practice hard before playing the 1st test. This management said they need none of those, they will turn up to SA 5 days before, play no practice match and take on SA. Bradman ka baap bhi run nehi baana paata. Opted out of practice match. Pata nehi which Einstein's idea was that but this team somehow thought they will practice with their own bowlers. What happened as a result? You could only practice 1 day, indoor practice 1 day due to rain and you opted to rest on the optional session. Decided to dance on streets and post photographs in Instagram instead.Virat Kohli need to understand he is a champion batsman. He might not need practice but his team members do. That Shatri was giving all arrogant statements in media before the series. 'That Australia series gave us confidence...we are ready to take any team in the world'. Feels like punching his face now. This is one of the best test XI assembled. Hats off to selectors. But due to the stupid incompetent management, we are in the cusp of getting whitewashed. Aur pay karo crores and crores in IPL. These f-eckers are already in IPL mood. Why wouldnt they be? They are getting paid more than what a Top MBA, doctor or a lawyer get paid in India. I hope Kohli sees the light, distance himself from this Shastri and gets his act together. He does not have a godfather like Srinivasan was for Dhoni. If this performance continues, he might be stripped from captaincy at the end of the year. Even Sachin was not pardoned and was removed after a year. Remember this Virat and get your act together. Test cricket is not child's play. Test cricket baachon ka khel nehi hai. Shastri is definitely not the answer.
  20. 14 points
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  22. 14 points
    He is always fit for dancing. He was dancing like no tomorrow in Kohli's reception...then suddenly fell injured by the thought of facing Steyn/Philander. Now realizing that Rahul will face the music...he is dancing again
  23. 14 points
    Green track blues?
  24. 14 points
    Ganguly backed likes of Sehwag,Yuvraj,Bhajji,Zaak,Nehra etc........ Dravid even though didn't back any one per se, but his reign coincided with the Chapell era for all it's flaws we have to give credit where due that a lot of new talent were tried Dhoni too good/bad had his set of favorites and youngsters that he backed to the hilt be it Ashwin,Jadeja,Rohit,Ishant etc etc.....so needs to be given some credit there. However under Kohli the only youngsters he has been backing so far are Yuvraj,Nehra,Dhoni,Karthik,Parthiv Patel....hell even Gambhir and Bhajji made a short return
  25. 13 points
  26. 13 points
    Pains me to say this, but in my 30+ years of watching cricket, he may quite possibly be the worst captain I've ever seen. The only reason I say 'possibly' is because he only has *ONE* quality as a captain: his performances with the bat are definitely 'captain showing the way'. But that's it. His on-field decisions are mediocre, so I will give him a neutral score on it. He is not brilliant like Mark Taylor or even good like Ranatunga with his on-field choices, but he isn't completely crap either. Very average. But Virat Kohli sucks at practically everything else : He is a horrible team selector. He is completely in denial about taking responsibility for the team he picks. And above all, he is the worst captain ever in destroying confidence of each and every single player in the team by chopping and changing randomly. Sets a poor example in the field with his uncouth aggressiveness. ( there is a fine line between Kohli style tapori-giri slummer attitude and aggressive but cool temperament like Steve Waugh or McCallum.) A captain that fails to take personal responsibility is the worst leader of all. Lost a lot of respect for Kohli after this interview, as he lacks the most basic quality of a leader : to step up and take personal responsibility. Great leaders ALWAYS question their decisions when things don't go right. Because one cannot lead, if one cannot see self as first line of critique. Kohli is 180 degrees opposite of this mentality. We need a new captain and we need him fast.
  27. 13 points
    Dada's Army

    Kohli’s “niggled” watch

    VK: Reason Pujara run out twice because he was carrying a previously undetected niggle Press: But wh.. VK: I answered your question, I'm not here to fight you.
  28. 13 points
    Preparation for 3rd test have already started. Don't worry.
  29. 13 points
    The Realist

    Ultimatum to Rohit Sharma

    Should just become a cheerleader and join Shastri on the balcony. Getting the body shape with a tubby belly and man boobs for the job.
  30. 13 points
    Only time indian fans are extreamly positive during overseas tour are when our team is off ground.
  31. 13 points
  32. 13 points
    Very jealous petty person. After Australia lost the ODI series he tweeted tagging Michael Clarke that he should come back and play for Australia because there wasn't a single good batsman in the current Aus team and that Kuldeep-Chahal had it too easy. So according to him Smith and Warner are poor batsmen !!! Similarly when we beat England in the test series last year he tagged Michael Vaughan saying that there was not a single good test batsman in England (Root, Bairstow, Cook, Stokes...) and that none of them would have played under Vaughan's reign. He downplays every single Indian spinner, earlier I thought he hated only Ashwin but now it is clear that he also hates Jadeja, Chahal, Kuldeep, everybody. The comedy part is that under current rules he would be called for chucking, guy cheated his way to 400 wickets (I know it is a harsh word but I have hated chuckers after what Senanayake did to us in 2014 WT20 F) helped by Ganguly's biased captaincy and Kumble's gentlemanly nature. I also read somewhere that when Ashwin first came to our team Bhajji ignored him and made him feel isolated from the group, that he used his influence to sideline Ashwin from team meetings, net sessions etc. Ashwin was graceful enough to acknowledge Bhajji's achievements and call him his idol after all this.....he could have escalated the situation when Bhajji constantly downplayed Ashwin during his historic 2015-16 seasons which according to me is one of the greatest peaks in bowling history. Now I can't vouch for the above happenings but it isn't beyond Bhajji to do something like this and remember how well his sphere of influence (players, media, sponsors, experts...) was in the 2011-12 period. Bhajji may have had great skills in his peak years but he is an insecure self preserving coward. Don't forget how he ran away when he saw a green top in 2004 Nagpur or how he developed mysterious stomach cramps after going for 0/200 in Lord's 2011, even the team physio couldn't diagnose his ailment then. Same behavior you can see when he plays for MI or Punjab Ranji team, he underbowls himself when the going is tough and only bowls when the threat level is low. Guys like Kumble and Ashwin are different, they don't mind getting humiliated by rampant batsmen but they never run away from any challenge, even in the worst of times take beatings like proper men.
  33. 13 points
  34. 13 points
    No words can describe the non selection of Rahul who is one of the most promising batman in cricket. That man can easily walk into every country's batting line up but somehow just not good enough to get selected over Jadhav, karthik and Rahane. Pathetic. A joke. Comlete joke.
  35. 12 points
  36. 12 points
    After the time waste tour of South Africa we have the 2nd biggest sporting event of the year behind FIFA WC 2018. India-Bangladesh-Lanka T20 tri series in March, all 7 matches in the Mecca of cricket....Premadasa stadium Colombo . You can check the schedule here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2018_Nidahas_Trophy Book your tickets, set aside all your work and make time, you cannot possibly miss out on this one.
  37. 12 points

    Kudos to Indian bowlers

    286, 130, 335, 258 These are the 4 scores by the much vaunted SA side after the 1st 2 tests. Pretty sure all of us would have taken these scores in a jiffy before the 1st ball was bowled this series. The most incredible part about this effort is the 11 dropped catches in the 1st 2 tests, meaning the bowlers have got the Saffers out 5 times for just 1000 odd runs. 1-2 drops per test match is acceptable, 11 in 2 tests is clearly unacceptable, especially if you consider the fact that the likes of Du Plessis, Amla and Elgar were dropped multiple times. Earlier Indian team used to lose the plot after dropped catches and end up conceding huge totals, this unit is different and deserves praise for the ability to bounce back after the consistent *ery by our inept fielders.
  38. 12 points
    But but how can you say Saha would have caught those catches???
  39. 12 points
    Why can't Kohli also drop himself on green tops and England? He does sh*t when it swings around, so should be rotated with Rahane who is a good batsman on such pitches. What say @King Tendulkar?
  40. 12 points

    The art of anchoring !!!

    india will miss ms dhoni in these swinging condition he handed swing bowling with ease last time in england
  41. 12 points
  42. 12 points
    Badaa hi besharam aadmi hai yeh.
  43. 12 points
  44. 12 points
    Have to say though,the 5 balls Rohit played for his 0* today oozed class and he looked more solid and confident than all the other batsmen-South Africans included...hope he translates the form tommorow or else it will be a shame that day 1 had to end when he was in the zone.
  45. 12 points
    What??? Shocker!!! What's the use of retaining that left arm spinner who can't turn a ball with such whooping amount?? Should have gone for that new left arm spinner jaydev unadcut who recently made debut for India, trust me he can turn it square!!!
  46. 12 points
    Big respect for gream smith ever since he called Manju rubbish during live odi match vs SL.
  47. 12 points
    We have found gem of a left arm spinner here
  48. 12 points
  49. 11 points
    Pathetic statement. At least the opposition was not Pakistan, otherwise he would be singing their praises
  50. 11 points

    So how long is the rope for Saha?

    Saha is least of our batting problems to begin with. If we are going to depend on keeper even before the match begins then problem lies elsewhere. Gilchrist always considered his batting as a bonus. He was a genius and he clicked. Not everyone has to be like him or even Brendon Mccullum who never reached the heights of Gilly with bat. He had one or 2 good years. For the moment treat his runs as bonus. You got Pandya, Ashwin, Bhuvi. They will cover whatever the deficiencies Saha has. Eventually he will come around. When the problem lies in top and middle order why focus on batting skills of lower order.

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