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Everything posted by Vijy

  1. Kuldeep Yadav vs Ashwin Ravichandran in ODIs

    that's been my impression too. let's not forget his successes initially were in T20s and ODIs in the era of Mendis, Narine, and other mystery spinners. In fact, people knew of him first as the guy who bowled the carrom ball, etc. he was seen partially as our answer to mendis, who had bamboozled the Ind batsmen apart from sehwag in SL. now, he has moved closer to being an orthodox off spinner like lyon.
  2. Thommo - how quick was he?'

    donald was around 26 when SA resumed cricket. In '96, he was around 30. I believe that he was about 4-5 kmph faster on average at his fastest than in '96. but, at least in my mind, there is no doubt that sri was the fastest bowler from both sides in that series. even in 99 'wc, he was amongst the top 2-3 imo.
  3. Thommo - how quick was he?'

    yes, but border was quite old when he faced waqar in pomp. and most batsmen experience decline in reaction times, etc. it can make the bowlers look faster than one would expect. similarly, I feel that gooch was too raw when he faced holding in his prime.
  4. Kuldeep Yadav vs Ashwin Ravichandran in ODIs

    this has been my impression too. he has focused more on his stock ball and became more effective in tests... I believe that his low point in Tests came in SA (Jo'burg). During the earlier stages of his career, he was more of a "mystery" bowler who relied more on variations. However, in the last 2 years, he has become more orthodox. As a result, his ODI record has suffered since he has not shown the adaptability between diff. formats (same failing with Jaddu too) unlike Kuldeep.
  5. Thommo - how quick was he?'

    this is very implausible, since holding was at his fastest about 15 years before waqar. you also have to account for the batsmen who played both slowing down with age.
  6. Bhuvi as 3rd seamer in SA Tests

    it could be something with both. I think durban at its most bowler-friendly was like that, but with more seam/swing. If they go with bounce, then Pandya will be more effective.
  7. Kuldeep Yadav vs Ashwin Ravichandran in ODIs

    Although Kuldeep is a rare talent, it remains to be seen what plans batsmen come up against him and how he counters them.
  8. like hardik, his bowling is quite second-string... it is not particularly penetrating.
  9. anyone is better than DK in terms of keeping, even Pappy Patel.
  10. Rabada vs Amir

    amir has done well in ODIs, but so has rabada
  11. Bhuvi as 3rd seamer in SA Tests

    slower pitches are unlikely in SA.
  12. Thommo - how quick was he?'

    to be fair, donald lost pace quite fast (after entering int'l cricket) for a number of reasons, and zulu was quite pacy towards the beginning of his career - he bowled straight and fast.
  13. should be doable. but herath in innings can defend even 200 I think.
  14. Rabada vs Amir

    He is just about as "special" as Ishant or Mohd. Sami (the Pak one) is.
  15. that's because very few avg >40 with Mis-You (misbah younis) gone. Only Azhar Ali and maybe Sarfaraz I think.
  16. Behrendorff - left arm talent

    As per Aussie hype machine, they hailed every all rounder as the next Keith Miller (their only world class all rounder in post WW-2 era). I remember reading this about Ian Harvey and Shane Lee (dunno if anyone remembers them anymore)
  17. he just didn't want to bowl, like shoaib akhtar. except that akhtar had real pace.
  18. he has already been hailed thus by many people in ICF.
  19. having a good keeper is also necessary. we need a long term keeper-batsman at 6, who can connect the middle and lower orders and also keep well. saha has done well, but we need to groom others.
  20. they improved a bit, and Pak is obviously not in the same caliber
  21. Test 2 : South Africa vs Toygers

    yes, they are perfect guests. this will make the Ind vs SA series more enjoyable.
  22. Ranji Trophy 2017/18

    not sure. didn't play the first match.
  23. Kagiso Rabada [100 test wickets]

    I suppose so. they had the spinners backing them in SC.
  24. Bhuvi as 3rd seamer in SA Tests

    I don't know if he'll get purchase, etc. but I would expect him to get more than Ashwin in a comparative sense.
  25. Bhuvi as 3rd seamer in SA Tests

    ashwin is not good enough to be picked for his batting alone. I expect Murli to be unfit/out of form.

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