Moth2Flame

Members
  • Content count

    3,474
  • Runs

    16,140 
  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Time Online

    6d 10h 18m 29s

About Moth2Flame

  • Rank
    Was_Cricaddict
  • Birthday 01/05/1970
  1. Was ok after 1st innings collapse. But lack of fortitude in 2nd innings is hard to stomach. We shouldve at least made them sweat a bit.
  2. Yep. Hope AK and SB calm him down after the day's play, and they can regroup on Day 3. And I don't even know that if it's fair to say that *he* is having a bad day. If one were to guess, the appalling catching has precipitated his anger. He sees it as a lack of commitment and it's pi**ing him off.
  3. Tengo que estar de acuerdo sobre Raúl. Él tiene todo el talento en el mundo, ya menudo parece tener el temperamento para largas entradas. Pero, a veces, parece tener un impulso de golpear temprano en sus entradas, jugando disparos imprudentes lejos de su cuerpo. Una vez que él refrena eso, él contribuirá mucho más. Una mejora sobre Dhawan.
  4. Mine too. He is a bit OTT emotional, but his commitment is unwavering. Some time ago, there was a thread about most hated cricketers and people picked him because they didnt "like his face." Say hwat? Very underrated player, IMO.
  5. WADR to Murali the person (and he's a great guy), I am more than 15 degrees away from considering him a true bowler.
  6. American College cricket UT-Arlington vs. Univ of Houston. Good stuff.
  7. Growing up in the 70s and 80s, it wasn't too easy being an Indian fan. While we had our superstars, and our moments of greatness, we simply seemed incapable of consistently dominating everyone we faced. Especially bad were our struggles in LOI cricket, which demanded aggression, athleticism and agility that very few of our guys had in abundance. And then came the 90s, most of which I missed. Again, but for a few shining stars, we didn't have the firepower to strike fear in the hearts of our opponents, especially the boorish, aggressive, dominating Australians. Fast forward to today and it is exceedingly heartening to see how complete Indian cricket actually is. Some of it has to do with other teams not being as good as they were, but there is no denying that we are fighting-fit unit. Just take these past several months. We have played consistently good cricket across formats - dominating the Windies, demolishing the Kiwis and putting the Poms in their place. We have specialist teams for each format, and have multiple guys who are the best in the world in their roles. We are aggressive and - for the most part - fit and athletic. We also don't take crap or back off from other teams' aggression. But, most of all, we seem to have incredible bench strength - there is a talented group of newer guys who seamlessly slide into the roles of injured seniors - plug and play. No Shami? No problem. Plug Bhuvi in. No Ashwin and Jaddu? No problem. Yuz to the rescue. No Rohit Sharma? Whatever. Let's put in the guy who can score a triple hundred. Saha is hurt? Bring in Parthiv - yeah, his keeping is suspect, but boy did he bat us into good positions when needed! Need all-rounders? Ashwin in tests, Pandya in LOIs. Need older guys to step in and carry the load - Yuvi and Raina are doing it. We don't depend on 1 or 2 super stars, but each guy stands up and performs when his number is called. And don't forget Kedar Jadhav who is just getting started, and Rishabh Pant who hasn't even had a go yet :-)!! This team also seems to be genuinely having fun. I know, I know, it's easy to have fun while you're winning. But it's also easy to win when you're having fun, and the synergism between enjoyment and winning is truly showing. No one seems insecure; the guys seem to know that, although the competition for each position is hot, they will be given a fair run before being replaced. There is an air of confidence. Two things struck me the most: (1) the genuine team-spirit that Dhoni and Kohli displayed during the ODIs and T20s. While some here were complaining about Kohli just being a rubber-stamp guy etc., it simply didn't seem that way to me. It appeared that MSD was genuinely helping out with the field, especially when VK was away from the action because he placed himself at crucial long-off/long-on spots, and that VK was genuinely seeking advice from MSD. (2) VK's true leadership in deflecting praise away from himself for successful tactical moves, and the true joy he seems to derive from the individual success of each person on the team! This is in complete contrast to my early days as a fan, when it was always egos clashing: Gavaskar vs. Kapil Dev, Kapil Dev vs. Prabhakar, and of course Azharuddin vs. integrity. I am thoroughly enjoying watching this Indian team play together - as a unit, for the common purpose of winning - koi hum se jeet na paave chale chalo chale chalo!!
  8. Don't underestimate the power of the juice, too ;-).
  9. This. I saw the first couple of shots and he was falling over.
  10. The 2001 Kolkata match was the pinnacle of that. It was more than toe-to-toe. We crossed over from being the bullied to being the bully.
  11. Without a doubt, the ball got rolling under Ganguly. We've been getting better, more consistent, more aggressive and athletic over the course of the last 15 years. VVSL's Kolkata 2001 and Yuvraj/Kaif 2002 NatWest, I think, were key turning points.
  12. First of all, the 80s are not "olden" :-)!! 60s were olden. 80s were like yesterday! If I remember correctly upper middle class people started getting B/W TVs in mid-70s. 1982 Asian Games was first time color TVs became mainstream. My family did not get even a B/W TV till 1984. DD showed pretty much every home test match in the 80s (maybe late 70s too, but we didn't have a TV) 1983 WC Final was live-televised; I cannot remember if the SF was televised (I do remember one thing: the Ind-Zim match where Kapil scored 175* was not even video-recorded). Regardless, I watched the final in my neighbor's house on their newly acquired color TV. When Kapil took the running-backwards catch that he made look ridiculously easy to dismiss Richards, we ran out into the street and started dancing. After the win, it was firecrackers!
  13. The more I look at this thread, the more I think: for one thing, he's a real cricket player. Unlike some other tearaway fast bowlers we've seen :-)!!
  14. Maybe for Tests. Has a 69.33 SR in List-A 50-over ... that will simply not cut it. In contrast, Kedar Jadhav has a 103+ SR in List A.
  15. Growing up in the 70s and 80s, it wasn't too easy being an Indian fan. While we had our superstars, and our moments of greatness, we simply seemed incapable of consistently dominating everyone we faced. Especially bad were our struggles in LOI cricket, which demanded aggression, athleticism and agility that very few of our guys had in abundance. And then came the 90s, most of which I missed. Again, but for a few shining stars, we didn't have the firepower to strike fear in the hearts of our opponents, especially the boorish, aggressive, dominating Australians. Fast forward to today and it is exceedingly heartening to see how complete Indian cricket actually is. Some of it has to do with other teams not being as good as they were, but there is no denying that we are fighting-fit unit. Just take these past several months. We have played consistently good cricket across formats - dominating the Windies, demolishing the Kiwis and putting the Poms in their place. We have specialist teams for each format, and have multiple guys who are the best in the world in their roles. We are aggressive and - for the most part - fit and athletic. We also don't take crap or back off from other teams' aggression. But, most of all, we seem to have incredible bench strength - there is a talented group of newer guys who seamlessly slide into the roles of injured seniors - plug and play. No Shami? No problem. Plug Bhuvi in. No Ashwin and Jaddu? No problem. Yuz to the rescue. No Rohit Sharma? Whatever. Let's put in the guy who can score a triple hundred. Saha is hurt? Bring in Parthiv - yeah, his keeping is suspect, but boy did he bat us into good positions when needed! Need all-rounders? Ashwin in tests, Pandya in LOIs. Need older guys to step in and carry the load - Yuvi and Raina are doing it. We don't depend on 1 or 2 super stars, but each guy stands up and performs when his number is called. And don't forget Kedar Jadhav who is just getting started, and Rishabh Pant who hasn't even had a go yet :-)!! This team also seems to be genuinely having fun. I know, I know, it's easy to have fun while you're winning. But it's also easy to win when you're having fun, and the synergism between enjoyment and winning is truly showing. No one seems insecure; the guys seem to know that, although the competition for each position is hot, they will be given a fair run before being replaced. There is an air of confidence. Two things struck me the most: (1) the genuine team-spirit that Dhoni and Kohli displayed during the ODIs and T20s. While some here were complaining about Kohli just being a rubber-stamp guy etc., it simply didn't seem that way to me. It appeared that MSD was genuinely helping out with the field, especially when VK was away from the action because he placed himself at crucial long-off/long-on spots, and that VK was genuinely seeking advice from MSD. (2) VK's true leadership in deflecting praise away from himself for successful tactical moves, and the true joy he seems to derive from the individual success of each person on the team! This is in complete contrast to my early days as a fan, when it was always egos clashing: Gavaskar vs. Kapil Dev, Kapil Dev vs. Prabhakar, and of course Azharuddin vs. integrity. I am thoroughly enjoying watching this Indian team play together - as a unit, for the common purpose of winning - koi hum se jeet na paave chale chalo chale chalo!!