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  1. I hope he learnt from the peak dhoni, not this old dobby.
  2. yes, he is way too inconsistent.
  3. It's worth noting here that Yuvi took many, many years before he produced knocks like these on a regular basis - for the first 5 yrs or so, he played occasional classy knocks (like his debut or Natwest final) but was a big underachiever. In fact, his avg and SR were most likely lower than Hardik Pandya at the same stage. Most lilkely, we are not going to unearth someone new who can come in and start striking the ball so well before 2019 WC since most cricketers need some time to settle. Dobby was an exception, but such batsmen are rare.
  4. I think other posters may disagree but I don't think either of pandya bros should bat at 5. Would rather see them at 6 and 7, if they play. In contrast, in domestic cricket (both FC and List A), Hooda and Shankar are at least top-order bats who have experience playing at 4 or 5. However, neither of them can bowl particularly well - they should suffice as the 6th bowler in principle.
  5. How do you rate Virat after this SA series?

    he has a greybeard fetish clearly - Dhoni, yuvi, Karthik, now raina. I'm waiting for SRT, Kapil and Sunny to play. this will complete the team. perhaps even hazare and merchant can be revived (their skeletons).
  6. No.5 will be tricky. As you noted, Rahul could occupy No.4. One other point is that the No.5 (or No.4) will need to be able to bowl 3-4 overs if needed. I don't think pandya will deliver 10 overs per match safely everytime. and even if he does, one of the others can have an off-day. It will be necessary to look at krunal, hooda, shankar for this purpose but I have my doubts regarding all of them. of the 3, since we need a batsman who can bowl a bit, I'd think that hooda seems the best bet (going by List A at least).
  7. King Kohli vs Sir Viv in ODIs

    I agree with most of what you wrote, but a 4 yr timespan does not suffice IMO to label someone as an ATG (although they can still be a "great"). Lara still played a fair number of games at No. 3 from Jan '98 and had a decent avg (around 41), but I'd say that he just lost interest and the game underwent fairly rapid evolution after '96 onwards (I think his game was somewhat too classical for the changes that occurred). This trajectory is in contrast to SRT who only kept getting better in ODIs until about the late 2000s, and then subsequently he plateaued and declined. As we've seen, the likes of ABDV, Amla and VK have all had 4+ yr stretches where they put up ridiculously high numbers. I think that the real ATGs fulfill both of the following criteria: (i) they maintain a career avg and SR that is amongst the best of their time for the majority of their career and (ii) do very well in multi-nation tourneys.
  8. What is South Africa's T20 Squad like?

    seems quite tuk-tuk like jinx.
  9. assuming this rate, he should get there in about 6 yrs.
  10. How do you rate Virat after this SA series?

    he could end up like messi though. messi was a great player but he never had the right team to show off his full ability at the WCs. something similar could happen with VK thanks to our crap middle order.
  11. India's over reliance on top 3

    Regd #2, there's no way Dhoni will get dropped (unfortunately). We just need to plan around him, and manage with what we have. I agree regd Rahul, but I dunno why VK has distrusted him - even in tests, he didn't play the 1st match. I'm not sure if Pant and Kishan rotate the strike well. they both seemed more like boundary-hitters to me. hooda, shankar and krunal can all bowl/bat to varying degrees, but I doubt if they will be selected this close to the WC.
  12. Kuldeep and Chahal - Fan Club

    Obviously Kulcha.
  13. this nath has been a useful domestic batsman for UP. good to see juyal doing well. our next-gen hope.
  14. all signs are pointing that way: continued selection of Dhoni despite his clear decline, confusion about how and where to use pandya the batsman effectively, and then the musical chairs between jadhav, karthik, pandey and rahul.

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