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  1. Sachin Tendulkar screwed over Indian cricket, great player but disgusting person off field.
  2. For reference sake quoting the relevant post from the SA series. We dropped 11 there (all in the 1st 2 tests) and in the only test we won it was mainly because we dropped none and they dropped 5 !!!! Coming to this tour make your predictions, remember this is a 5 test series. Here are mine: We'll drop 18 catches in total. Kohli will top the charts with 6 drops. Most affected bowler will be Umesh.
  3. We dropped 15 catches in this series, 2 less than England who were equally atrocious. Rahane biggest culprit with 4 drops . Dhawan dropped 3 in Edgbaston, missed Lord's and was mercifully kept out of slips in the final 3 tests. KLR was the standout catcher from both teams. Most unlucky bowlers were Shami and Ishant...both had 5 catches (each) dropped off their bowling.
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    Tennis: US Open 2018

    Nole is da King what a stirring comeback !!!!
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    Tennis: US Open 2018

    Surprised to see no thread. Timings are hard for those based in India, out of all the majors USO is the one I have followed the least over the years. Let's keep track of the event. WTA no 1 Halep knocked out, Stan beat Dimitrov in R1 and British no 1 Edmund too made an early exit. Nadal has an easy draw, Fed-Nole potential QF. Heart wants Federer and Ostapenko to win. Mind says Nadal and Sloane Stephens.
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    ENGvIND The dropped catches tracking thread

    Series over, we dropped 15 and England 17.
  7. What say folks? Shall we use this thread for keeping track of dropped regulation chances, culprits, affected bowlers, lucky batsmen, number of runs cost etc? We can also keep track of the difficult ones/half chances missed because generally what is half chance for our maharathis is routine for the best catching outfits like England, Australia, SA and NZ. Catching has been a big issue for us and with 5 tests we will drop quite a few rest assured. Why not keep track of all of them in this one thread and later after the series arrive at the final figures and analysis, shortcomings, observations, personnel going forward, methods to improve etc? Cricbuzz commentary attached along with runs cost by the individual batsman who got reprieve. Video also attached, special thanks to @sscomp32 who put in the effort to get the footage in the most user friendly format. Test 1, Edgbaston England 1st innings: 1. Jennings dropped off Ishant by Rahane, runs cost = 33 2. Curran dropped off Shami by Karthik (WK), runs cost = nil England 2nd innings: 1. Malan dropped off (not gathered cleanly) Ishant by Dhawan, runs cost = 3 2. Curran dropped off Shami by Dhawan, runs cost = 50 3. Rashid dropped off Umesh by Dhawan, runs cost = 3 Test 2, Lord's No catch dropped Test 3, Trent Bridge England 1st innings 1. Rahane didn't attempt a catch of Jennings, Bumrah the bowler, runs cost = 19 2. Cook dropped off Ishant by Pujara, runs cost = 0 England 2nd innings 1. Butler dropped off Bumrah by Pant, runs cost = 105 2. Rashid dropped off Shami by Kohli, runs cost = 11* Test 4, The Rose Bowl England 1st innings: 1. Butler dropped off Shami by Pant, runs cost = 10 England 2nd innings: No catch dropped Test 5, Kennington Oval England 1st innings: 1. Cook dropped off Ishant by Rahane, runs cost = 34 2. Ali dropped off Bumrah by Kohli, runs cost = 48 England 2nd innings: 1. Ali dropped off Ishant by Rahul, runs cost = 6 2. Root dropped off Jadeja by Rahane, runs cost = 46 till next drop (92-46) 3. Root dropped off Shami by Pujara, runs cost = 33 (125-92) Is it an ok idea and can admins/mods pin this thread if needed? @Trichromatic @G_B_ @Cricketics @sourab10forever @velu @asterix @beetle
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    ICF leaving/taking break thread

    I will be gone for some time, won't be back next series.....some miracle has to happen to get me actively involved in the forum. Last time I was off the forum it was for 18 odd months. Busy with my personal life/work and have to cut down on internet time drastically. Still hanging around to update the dropped catches thread and special thanks to @sscomp32 who will provide the videos, you will get a comprehensive picture of our catching this series after this test if over. Don't want to leave that thread incomplete, it may be of some use for interested parties to carry the analysis and discussion forward. Will miss many posters here (not naming them lest I forget somebody), more than the cricket or players, it was always the members who ensured I had such a gala time here. Hopefully my schedule eases and our maharathis surprise us for a change sooner rather than later/never.
  9. These cocksuckers are beneath my contempt man. Similar sensation as during 0-8 days, now I am older and wiser..won't fall into the illusive oasis of achhe din of Indian cricket again, humongous amount of time can be better spent on more worthwhile endeavors.
  10. Not that active for the past few days man.
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    ENGvIND The dropped catches tracking thread

    Just our drop catches will do man, there aren't many English fans on this forum who would participate in a discussion about their catching post this series. I intend to take a long break from ICF. But I will edit the OP of this thread after this match, don't want to leave the job half complete.
  12. Pakistanis being Pakistanis, such an asset to humanity. Terrorism has become a way of life there. LINK
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    Asian Games 2018

    Surprised there was no thread. Today's shot put event compelled me to open one. Did you guys watch Tejinder Pal Singh's awesome gold medal winning feat? Maza aa gaya. Now the real fun starts with athletics and finishing stages of badminton, hockey, boxing etc. Personally looking forward to athletics, badminton and hockey. Put this thread in 'chit-chat' section because 'other sports' section remains by and large untouched. So you guys following the Games? Your standout performance and biggest disappointment? Any potential medal contenders for Tokyo 2020? Any trends you folks picking up? Today's winning moment:
  14. Officially more depressed than 0-8. Lost all interest in cricket and probably will never even make an attempt to rekindle interest. Nice journey with ICF, enjoyed my stay but time to move on. Cheers and Adios.
  15. No rule that we need an offie in the squad. Ashwin should be benched for 6 months at least, let Jadeja and Kuldeep play against WI and Aus. We can take a call after next year's WC. Right now no outstanding offie I can think of, Jayant Yadav is an inferior version of Ashwin but he can be the 3rd option for home tests, others aren't suited for test cricket.
  16. Ashwin can still keep his place in SC tests, wouldn't relegate him yet. Moreover he isn't good enough in T20 to play TNPL.
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    Is this true?

    India is a large and diverse country, there is no singe culture. Google Kambala or Jallikattu and you can add 2 more pictures, do some more research and then maybe 100 more.
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    Peta preaches Hindus

    PETA never ceases to amaze me.
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    How was that not a no-ball??

    May be Joel Wilson doesn't like to over rule on-field decisions, conclusive reason to overturn and all that ****.
  20. Kohli survives courtesy a howler.
  21. Kohli extremely lucky this series, Sachin never had this luck. On the contrary all howlers were directed at him and catchers would take the impossible chances.
  22. Modern ODI cricket is a joke, T20 isn't even cricket. When there was balance between bat and ball in ODIs, chasing was almost always tougher. Check the ODI record of all teams till 2002-03...all had a better record when setting a target. There was a period of almost 10 years where we didn't win a single match against ATG Australia chasing...even the moderate totals, Murali Karthik broke that streak in Mumbai 2007 IIRC. 1975-1992, all WC finals were won by 1st batting side, that is why Arjuna's boys earned so much respect for that WC win...came against McWarne while chasing in a WC F, and then people forget about Aravinda when singing paeans about Sachin-Lara.
  23. In form/main bowlers bowl long spells, no over restrictions. Wear and tear on wicket, some keep low and some take off, roughs, craters.... More catching positions. Test balls stays new for longer. Relaxed wide, bouncer rules...bowler has more tools to work with. More media/public backlash if batsman gets out being adventurous....pressure to go about it in a certain traditional way.

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