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Everything posted by Vijy

  1. Shastri is doing good job

    an amazing thread.
  2. Durban 1996 Equal To CapeTown 2017

    maybe vk will follow in azhar's footsteps? now, that is a truly terrifying thought.
  3. well, at least one of the 2 batsmen has done well.
  4. Will we cross 150?

    thank goodness we exceeded it.
  5. Maharaj is better than Ali, and we know how much the Ind team struggled against him in Eng.
  6. Justice for Rahul Campaign (JFRC)

    I agree. I didn't say that Pant was bad though - just that the keeping standards have gone down (which is a fairly straightforward statement made by many I believe). of the above bowlers, only saini is (at the moment) close to that calibre and the pitch was a lot more docile indeed.
  7. The Unpopular Cricket Opinions Thread

    Kambli had a bigger hunger for runs compared to Sachin at similar points in their careers. I'm not referring to technique, ability, etc. here - merely the fact that kambli was willing to extract the max no. of runs he could when he played in favourable conditions or against weaker teams. [I don't know if this qualifies as an "unpopular" opinion though.]
  8. Justice for Rahul Campaign (JFRC)

    jack russell was pretty good too, although he was pretty ordinary when keeping against spin (not really his fault given quality of eng spin reserves). I saw peak Healey enough. Feel that Saha comfortably outclasses him against spinners, although I'd pick Healey for pacers.
  9. the WAGs

    she resembles her husband, then?
  10. The Unpopular Cricket Opinions Thread

    it's more appropriate to say he "was" not entirely useless, since he did very well as a opener for 2 series. afterwards, his form slipped and he was rightly discarded. on the whole, I agree that the Eng tour was his shining moment. kind of like Sir Aggy in Adelaide. or Rat in England. every rat has its day under the sun.
  11. Justice for Rahul Campaign (JFRC)

    that's true. saha reminds me of prasanna jaya from sl in some ways. indian keeping standards qre quite low compared to the past, since the emphasis has shifted to batting. if the likes of pant kept on some of the pitches saha played on, they would have conceded over 15-20 runs in byes.
  12. Justice for Rahul Campaign (JFRC)

    we will witness raina, yuvi and Dhoni manning the middle order in the 2019 WC. the golden oldies. or maybe even mohd kaif.
  13. I doubt if we would have won the series, even with ideal prep and selections but a much closer contest would have occurred. a lot of the blame has to be rightly assigned to you-know-who
  14. Justice for Rahul Campaign (JFRC)

    yep. a lot.
  15. Planning For 2023 Home World Cup - The Squad

    captain, coach and bcci president all rolled into one.
  16. ABDV will be 37. if not for his health issues, he could have been playing in the next tour as well
  17. Justice for Rahul Campaign (JFRC)

    in reality, apart from karthik for 2 tours and a few isolated instances, we've never had a keeper score 100s or even crucial match-winning 50s outside the SC. even dobby does not have 1 outside SC I think. even among the others, the few that exist are in WI which is a weak team. indian keepers have never been good enough batsmen to score 100s (forget about daddy 100s) in oz, sa and eng. we should be satisfied with what we have in saha - generally a safe keeper, and a decent bat at 7 or 8.
  18. pitch seems too flat, and lyon has not been fully up to par in the past 3 innings. could head for a draw, esp in cook gets stuck in.
  19. Bumrah needs to be tried in Test matches

    to be fair to the powers- that-be, the only type of planning they excel at is the piss poor kind.
  20. this match (and series) is such a yawn-a-thon, apart from watching smith. bang vs sl would be more interesting and closely contested.
  21. if we get whitewashed on 2 (or more) of the 3 tours, I will stop following Indian international cricket altogether. no "top-tier" team has the right to do so miserably in Oz, Eng and SA over 6-7 years (since 2011) and yet do so little to address these problems. if we lose, it will be nice if someone puts VK on the spot, asks the difficult questions and makes him squirm
  22. but, will it? even after the 8-0 drubbing, I don't think we saw many significant changes.
  23. If you were the Dictator

    I don't think it was literacy rates but the income distribution that was different. india's income distribution is different from the USSR and population sizes have a major role to play. and I concur fully about china being more totalitarian, etc.
  24. If you were the Dictator

    it probably did take 15 yrs or so in eastern europe but their society's initial conditions were quite different from india. we are closer to china although that does not mean I advocate for forcible 1 child policy. it just means that the timescale will be longer (by a factor of around 3-4).
  25. I doubt if even a first round loss from WC will instigate BCCI to step up.

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