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  1. It's one of those matches that I simply don't want to pay attention to, but keep doing it anyway.
  2. I am asking questions that should never be asked of a player or team. Dubai. Hansie. Ajju. And all that.
  3. Since India loves throwback teams, I suggest: Shastri (genunie A/R) Srikkanth Azharuddin (everyone loves a redemption story) Viswanath Amarnath (A/R) Dhoni (wk and pinch hitter) Prabhakar (inspirational captain and A/R) Undakat (infusion of youth and completes the spin quartet) Bedi Chandra Shivlal Yadav (influence quota)
  4. He may be *more* suited to tests, but his stats show that he is more than adequate for ODIs too. List A 67 67 1 3360 176 Average: 50.90 Strike Rate: 100.77 My guess is that it is tough to break into a team that has 3 potential openers (RGS, SD, KLR). But being that we are using this tourney to test out a bunch of noobs, he could've been given a shot.
  5. Too kind to Karun. Okay he was dropped after the 300, but has he distinguished himself in domestics and A cricket to keep himself in contention? I don't think so. Certainly hasn't helped himself.
  6. Just now paying attention to Asia cup. Why is Agarwal not playing?
  7. Makes it worse, IMO. It means that they have the talent to match their opponent, but lack the resolve and toughness to finish things off. The first 300 runs may be talent-based, but those last 40 50 runs come down to things that can be learned with hard work and practice - staying focused when you're close or when you're tired to drag your team across the finish line. There is no shame in being outmatched. There is in being out-hustled.
  8. Omg, making rice spheres like that will anger our ancestors. Blasphemous.
  9. His innings in the 4th test was pivotal in giving the team respectability. That's what people remember.
  10. Yep ... I saw the word "Parthiv" and stopped reading after that. Sometimes it feels like there are agendas at work in these interviews.
  11. Batsmen have less patience and fortitude, and SENA batting calls for these traits. Other than that, I don't see a huge problem.
  12. As long as Siraj, Shaw and Vihari are in the XI; Agarwal, Saini and maybe Rajpoot are in the 15; and Dhawan and Rahane are "rested," I will be thrilled.
  13. Ashwin was in good form; he'd just taken 7 wkts in a test match in the same series. He is our premier matchwinner. If he's 100% fit, and in good form, he walks in. The problem is he wasn't 100% fit. Big blunder by mgmt.
  14. Still can't fathom why they would do it. Sometimes you got to protect the competitive player from himself.
  15. So, it's clear now that Ashwin was carrying a groin injury in Test 4. You can argue the merits of playing playing an injured player. But, one cannot question Ashwin's skill nor can one make a case for never playing a spinner in SENA. Now if one said "Never play an injured spinner," ... completely agree. https://www.hindustantimes.com/cricket/india-vs-england-team-management-ties-itself-in-knots-over-ashwin-fitness/story-G2TMvhxiJleIpcIUlojY9K.html
  16. Difference, Shikhar Bhai, is that I am not getting paid a few karods. I am entitled to emotional hurt. You have a responsibility to take that hurt, score a few runs and earn your keep.
  17. What should he say? "Yeah, I am under-prepared and also scared of their bowling. I have lost my ability to play good swing bowling. As in the previous tests, I will under-perform and let my team down again. Please forgive me in advance."
  18. Ridiculous. Especially when they barge into someone's home / room at midnight yelling "Surprise!" As the resident unkal on this board, I must tell you I am appalled to see this crap even among people my age. It's juvenile.
  19. Pattern nterpretation may vary depending on whether or not the guy is hurt. While in one case one may say that the 7fer test meant he had figured Sena bowling out but got hurt; in the other case the 7fer test would be an aberration. It's just a bit extreme to say drop him and/or don't take spinners at all based on today's lack of effectiveness. What if he takes 2 fifers in the next test? Will we turn back (no pun intended) to the other side? Body of work can be considered after more data are in. Your bell curve would be stronger.
  20. The whole thread is glowing. With a couple of posters here, we either raise someone to an Atg or drop them from the team. Jazbaati.
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