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  1. Next PC by Crybaby Kohli- 'Graeme Smith is no longer my friend'
  2. During Sampras' time variance from USO/AO/SW19 to RG was much much greater than what we have in cricket today. It was practically unheard of to have all court dominance in the 90s. But in cricket you have a few players who do well across conditions.
  3. Off topic but AO was never taken seriously by tennis stars till the 90s, so they can be excused. Look at the participation of AO in the 70s and 80s if you don't believe me. AO was played on grass till late 80s, USO was played on grass till mid 70s, only RG was always on clay. Borg didn't win USO but he reached 4 finals each time losing to ATGs. His channel slam for 5 consecutive years alone puts him in the GOAT discussion even though he retired by the age of 25. McEnroe and Connors didn't disgrace themselves in RG, they did OK. Lendl made 2 SW19 F. After surface homogenization it has become very easy to win all 4, post 2001 SW19 plays like clay in the latter stages, USO surface is very slow (almost blue clay) and from 2008 to 2015 AO was plexicushion (very very slow). Earlier you needed to make great adjustments to win across surfaces and IMO only Agassi did the career grand slam when it was really tough.
  4. Excellent article, what is Sridhar even doing with this bunch? With so much $$$$ can't BCCI hire someone better than this buffoon, apparently Shastri also favours him . According to this article, last 4 years before this series our success rate in slips and gully against the quick bowlers is 42% , damning statistic !!! Why is Kohli unwilling to accept that we have a serious catching problem? Before the tour a reporter pointed this out and Kohli showed his passive aggression, this is heartbreaking stuff for our bowlers.
  5. Criteria: Batsmen from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh Batting positions 1 to 7 because batsmen+keeper usually bat in the top 7. Min 12 matches because Rohit Sharma has played 12 matches outside Asia. Venue: Outside Asia excluding minnow Zimbabwe, even Rohit hasn't played there. Only Aus, Eng, NZ, SA, WI considered. Go to the link below to see the entire list if you are interested, 98 players have fulfilled this criteria. http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?batting_positionmax1=7;batting_positionval1=batting_position;class=1;filter=advanced;home_or_away=2;opposition=1;opposition=2;opposition=3;opposition=4;opposition=5;orderby=batting_average;qualmin1=12;qualval1=matches;size=150;team=25;team=6;team=7;team=8;template=results;type=batting Allow me to present top 20 and bottom 20 (scroll down for the 2 tables but before doing that keep sharp objects away from sight ) Rahane is the best Asian batsman outside Asia (min 12 matches) having scored 1312 runs in 17 matches at an average of 54.66 with 4 100s and 7 50s. I won't necessarily call him better than Dravid/SRT/Gavaskar/Miandad because in their cases the sample size is much larger. Still shows how good Rahane has been outside Asia. Rohit Sharma is at number 14 from bottom. He has 502 runs in 12 matches at an average of 23.90, no 100 and just 2 50s . But according to Crooked Kohli horses for courses, overseas conditions, assess the conditions, intent blah blah blah blah. P.S. Even on the intent front Rahane is ahead of Rohit. Outside Asia Rahane's SR is 53.96 while Rohit's is 44.46 (http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?batting_positionmax1=7;batting_positionval1=batting_position;class=1;filter=advanced;home_or_away=2;opposition=1;opposition=2;opposition=3;opposition=4;opposition=5;orderby=batting_strike_rate;qualmin1=12;qualval1=matches;size=150;team=25;team=6;team=7;team=8;template=results;type=batting)
  6. Still is the best in Asia averaging 65+ and unlike sabka pyara Kohli he doesn't go MIA on turners .
  7. Surprised to see Saleem Malik, Imran and Miandad ranked so high. Only 1 Lankan in the top 20 is kinda unexpected.
  8. Link pe click kar, only top 20 and bottom 20 shown here. http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?batting_positionmax1=7;batting_positionval1=batting_position;class=1;filter=advanced;home_or_away=2;opposition=1;opposition=2;opposition=3;opposition=4;opposition=5;orderby=batting_average;qualmin1=12;qualval1=matches;size=150;team=25;team=6;team=7;team=8;template=results;type=batting He is averaging 27.42 sandwiched between Manjrekar and Rameez Raja.
  9. Upsets happen but 1st time I saw an upset massacre. Had the margin been narrow I would have moved on but 180 runs !!!!!
  10. The real joke is on us, that CT F looks even more embarrassing in hindsight.
  11. He got Du Plessis out yet again when he was batting on 4 but Rahul dropped it. How is it his fault, what do you expect him to do? In spite of all the drops he needed to pick a 10fer on a pitch which wasn't exactly a big turner?
  12. @putrevus How effective do you think Maharaj was? Isn't he like an expert in non Asian tracks? Was he not thoroughly outbowled by Ashwin? If so many catches are dropped what can the bowler do, I am asking this question again, if a batsman gets 10 consecutive howlers in a 5 test series and ends up averaging 35 odd, was he good or bad? Shami is our leading wicket taker. http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/records/bowling/most_wickets_career.html?id=12081;type=series How is he more disappointing than Bumrah/Steyn/Pandya ? He even averages better than Rabada !!!
  13. 1. BCCI offered to send the test specialists to SA around December 20, they refused because they wanted to attend Virushka's reception and get selfies clicked with Bollywood stars. 2. Rahane would have done better than Rohit Sharma simply because he has better tools to succeed in these conditions, moreover Maharaj wouldn't have bothered him on these pitches. 3. How can you expect batting performances when you make every batsman feel insecure about his spot and shove 'intent' down the throats of players who have a different way of approaching things? 4. Bowlers let them off the hook or fielders? 11 dropped catches don't ring a bell? A bowling attack of Marshall/Mcgrath/Hadlee/Akram/Warne will lose its head after 11 dropped catches !!!! 5. Shami is the leading wicket taker from our side and is by no means a letdown. 6. Ashwin had 6 catches dropped of his bowling in the 2nd test. He comprehensively outbowled Maharaj who himself destroyed Lyon in SA's tour to Aus in 2016 end. Ashwin delivered an ATG spell in the 1st innings of Centurion and had the fielders co operated it would have been a matchwinning 7fer. If fielders drop catches, bowler gets the blame. So applying your logic every time a batsman gets a howler should the blame fall upon the batsman?
  14. Jos Butler vs MS Dhoni

    I have an inkling that after the SA series no Dhoni chamcha will have a place to hide. Such comparisons only reduce the quality of ICF, what next, Starc vs Unadkat or ABDV vs Karthik?
  15. Thank you , reinforces my point.
  16. I think Holding is an exception, him and Bucknor (+ may be Lloyd the match ref but tbh he seemed to have a problem only with Dada) are the 2 WI chewts who seem to hate India. Viv has always been so gracious when talking about Indian cricketers, same with Bishop. Sobers invited many Indian cricketers for his 80th birthday and in his toast proclaimed Gavaskar as the GOAT batsman. Haynes voluntarily helped Sehwag and Jaffar in our 2006 tour there, spent time with them etc, he was lavish n his praise of Viru especially IIRC. I am struggling to think of other WI names who have been distinctly anti India.
  17. Annual bump time of this legendary thread. May the legend of amits never be forgotten here, to all newbies/late entrants who want entertainment..........go through the thread and enjoy.
  18. The Nasir Jamshed Tweets Thread

    Mods please merge this with the original thread. We need all Big Nas tweets in one place, this is gold.
  19. Jos Butler vs MS Dhoni

    I will pick Mushfiqur Rahim over Cool. Butler is better than any version of last 4 years wallah Dhoni.
  20. The Australian Open 2018

    If Nadal flukes another major, I am never watching tennis again.
  21. In Aus/SA/NZ/Eng whenever we have won matches we have held on to our catches, in fact taken blinders (recall Dravid's 2 game changing catches off SRT's bowling in Adelaide). In India our spinners create many chances so the cracks are papered over, still we have converted a few sureshot wins to draws because of our drops, IIRC we dropped 10 catches in Rajkot against Eng and that was the only draw in that 5 test series. Dropping 1/2 catches per test is pardonable, but dropping 9? Openers click bhi ho gaye to we get 75-100 additional runs but with these many drops, their big guns are bound to hurt us and they did in Centurion. Can you point out any example where a team has dropped 9 catches and then won an overseas test? We didn't lose to SA because of batting, we lost solely because of the gulf in class in fielding, while we were dropping dollies left and right the Saffers were taking blinders.
  22. Injured KL Rahul in doubt for Johannesburg Test

    Karthik should play in stead of PP.
  23. I am pretty sure Kallis had an average of above 40 in England by the end of his career. It is up to Kohli to improve his record, 5 tests is already a large enough sample size unlike 2/3 tests.
  24. Centurion catching must have been the worst in entire history of Indian cricket. I was celebrating like someone had scored a 100 every time we took a catch.

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