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  1. For over two decades, I have depended on Cricinfo to help me keep up with cricketing news. Having moved away from the country in 1992, they were pretty much my only link to Indian cricket in the 90s. Refreshing their scoreboard and reading their commentary was the only way I kept up with the glory days of SRT's batting! But, stating the obvious here, over the last few years their website has become unreadable. Maybe I need a new computer/phone, but awnajji, pages takes forever to load, are filled with ads and unnecessary video features, and are generally a pain in the ****. I was just too old and stubborn to try and find any new sources and stuck with them ... until now. Watching the Sri Lanka series, I became aware of Cricbuzz, tried them out and will stick with them. Their writing is not as refined, but is crisp and to-the-point. What sold me though, was the layout of their their website. Simple, easy-to-read, uncluttered, intuitive. I am separating from Cricinfo. I may go back every now and then for one-night stands to access their stats pages, but right now, it looks like a divorce made in cricketing heaven for me.
  2. And promptly, GHV scores a 95 and Siraj takes a 3-fer. These guys are run and wicket machines. Hope they're duly rewarded before their confidence and form dip.
  3. No. And I am not sure whether to celebrate or complain about that.
  4. Brainfade

    Ajink in the armour: Rahane’s fading aura

    Here's the thing: Like many of us here, I am a big fan of Rahane and was very excited to see him get into the team and succeed like he did initially. But, everyone goes through bad patches - the solution is not to persist with them in the TEST team and use the test arena to work out kinks, but to keep them on the short-list and let them work things out without hurting the team's chances. It's not neurosurgery.
  5. Brainfade

    Ajink in the armour: Rahane’s fading aura

    Let me guess: (1) "I have been batting really well, I just need to get more runs." (2) "I back myself to succeed under any conditions." (3) " I am in a good space now - physically and mentally." (4) "Sachin Sir has told me to play my natural game." ..... and last but not least .... (5) "Dhoni-bhai showed my how to score my first 2000 runs."
  6. Such stats are the best use of ICF space.
  7. I am starting to hate the word "space." It is over-used in business, psychology, and now sports. ARRRGGHHH!! ... and the word "ecosystem."
  8. For how long? Plus, the same team concept is contingent upon having the right team in the first place. Not all leashes have to be the same length, and at some point, it must be yanked.
  9. Like I said, I am a gullible sucker for cricket. Having lived through the early '90s in the US with no access to Indian cricket coverage, I lap it up like a thirsty puppy. After all the guys who are playing are also part of the Indian cricket team.
  10. I really don't think they give a damn. And there will always be suckers like me who, no matter what, will tune in to Willow TV at unearthly hours to watch this team play.
  11. Brainfade

    Same Team for 2nd Test vs WestIndies

    I am probably the most naive, gullible fan out there - I think the team management has decided that it is better not to expose Siraj to the world now, and have a plan to unleash him against the Ozzies and catch them by surprise. By believing this, my old-man blood pressure issues don't flare up.
  12. If rebirth is real and God is real and gave you the choice of one cricket skill you could have and all the requisite physical attributes to succeed in it, what would you choose?
  13. Brainfade

    Virat Kohli turns vegan

    Social capital. It's the in-thing among elites today.
  14. Brainfade

    Virat Kohli turns vegan

    Social capital. It's the same crap that drives the organic foodmovement. http://jaysonlusk.com
  15. How do we know MV and KN are telling the truth? We all have our preconceived ideas about BCCI, selectors, players, alleged regional biases etc, and process information accordingly. Confirmation bias 101.
  16. Not any pacer pacer. Siraj and another pacer. If not now, then when?
  17. Well ... time for me to make an appointment with my ophthalmologist then :)
  18. On the 2nd wicket, his arm rotated so fast it looked like a slingshot.
  19. Brainfade

    What single cricketing ability do you wish you had?

    With unerring accuracy, of course :)
  20. Surprised that Baba Ramdev hasn't come up with a cure yet. Patanjali Simharakshak.
  21. Brainfade

    It was difficult dropping Shikhar Dhawan: MSK Prasad

    Shaw 134 (154) Ippudu kooda difficultaa, Prasad gaaru?
  22. Brainfade

    What single cricketing ability do you wish you had?

    For me it's a no brainer - accurate consistent searing scary-a$$ pace.
  23. He doesn't have a right arm. It's actually a slingshot.
  24. This non-selection has me more bummed out than any other selection crap that has been pulled in the last 10 years. What more can a guy do?
  25. For the umpteenth time, Nair did not deserve to make the trip to England. Just because MSKP's crew sent him does not mean he deserved a chance ahead of GHV. His mediocre stats post 300 are posted all over ICF. They pale in comparison to GHV or even someone like Bawne. He needs to go back and score heavily in domestics and A games.

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