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  1. Now this is not a knee jerk thread. I understand overall these 2 have done well, but Dhawan's careless attitude is very annoying to watch. He may be the second coming of Bradman for all I care, but if he's not willing to pull up his socks and give it his all then there are many others in a country of 1.2 billion happy to put in the required effort. If he put as much effort into diving while running and trying to save his wicket (2 times this tour already when he just didn't bother running seriously or putting a dive in) as he does when slapping his thigh like a paindu after taking a catch, then it'll be much better for the team. Rohit's dot ball problem has forever been an issue. He gets away with it every now and then because he does have the ability to go big and can hit sixes regularly once set on very flat pitches (which is most of ODI cricket these days so not a knock on him), but he does need to rotate strike better. Even in the last double against SL, his first 100 was quite slow IIRC on an absolute pancake and if he had got out then it would have been a below par innings on that kind of pitch. It is really important that he works on this because a 2(18) innings will mess us up big time at the WC particularly with a useless middle order. NB: I am NOT asking that either of these players is dropped or something ridiculous like that - just pointing out long standing issues with these two.
  2. Dil Dil India

    Dhawan's lackadaisical attitude and Rohit's dot ball problem

    Rohit will never be dropped by Kohli/Shastri. I am sure they are trying to figure out how to get him into the test side now, forget ODIs. He got into a test team to SA ahead of Rahane with a test batting average outside the SC lower than Ashwin's on the basis of a series at home against SL....that's how desperate Kohli Shastri are to keep him in the mix....in ODIs where he actually has decent numbers there is no way he will be dropped at least for the next 2 years.
  3. Dil Dil India

    Dhawan's lackadaisical attitude and Rohit's dot ball problem

    Spot on. I think over the long term KL will prove to be a better opener than Rohit. Rohit can bat at 4 or 5. The field will be more spread out and it will be easier for him to rotate strike. It is a better move than moving Kohli to 4 because Kohli is arguably the greatest ever ODI bat at number 3 (definitely in the top 5).
  4. Could a mod sticky this please till the end of Wimbledon? Grass season is on us again. Federer is scheduled to play Stuttgart starting from tomorrow. Novak has taken a Wild Card to Queens - a really stacked field. Nadal isn't playing Queens from what I read. Should be an interesting season with the GOAT debate and slam race heating up. Can Federer get the slam difference back to 4? Or will Nadal do the unthinkable and snatch a 3rd crown at SW19 after 8 years, reducing the gap to 2? Will it be Novak with a resurgence? Or can one of the younger players finally step up? Zverev? Thiem? Nick? Shapovalov?
  5. ODI series>T20 series if we are being honest...but the main thing is the test series.
  6. Watch your Reham and Maryam show and read about Imran getting intimate with Murad Saeed and Hamza Ali Abbasi.
  7. Dil Dil India

    Dhawan's lackadaisical attitude and Rohit's dot ball problem

    Good point about Rohit. Do you think there is any way to change it now? Or is it too late? Disagree about Dhawan. He could be an easy going guy, but when he plays for India he has got to put in the dives and give his everything on the field. The blue shirt isn't just a license to score 30 and slap your thigh.
  8. Dil Dil India

    Dhawan's lackadaisical attitude and Rohit's dot ball problem

    That's a different debate entirely and will sidetrack the thread. I knew people would make it about some other problem we have (see the post by Austin) or assume that I want them dropped etc. So just making it clear at the outset.
  9. Dil Dil India

    Dhawan's lackadaisical attitude and Rohit's dot ball problem

    And I am sure others can create a thread to talk about that too. This thread is about Dhawan and Rohit.
  10. lol Sri Lanka umpire screwing us over no surprise. But Chahal is an idiot - bowls too many no balls. You are a spinner FFS.
  11. Dil Dil India

    2019 World Cup: Challenges ahead for Captain Kohli

    Kohli will not drop Dhoni. We have to accept that he will be there till the WC. Our team should be: 1) Shikhar Dhawan 2) Rohit Sharma 3) Virat Kohli 4) MSD 5)L.Rahul 6)Finisher - DK/Raina/Jadhav/someone but not Pandey 7)Pandya 8)Bhuvi 9)Bumrah 10)Chahal 11)Kuldeep Shami or Yadav can replace one of the spinners if the pitch so demands it.
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    Time for Dhoni to go?

    Dhoni's innings was beyond terrible but I don't think he cares too much about stats. He routinely pulls off this stupid thing where he just shuts shop if he feels the going is too difficult. In an NRR situation it makes sense but what in a bilateral series it is deplorable and shows a defeatist mentality. I just think it is age and decline. He just doesn't have the ability. I thought he had turned a corner after IPL but he is back to what he has been doing the last 3 years.
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    How do you describe this inning - 37 (59) when RRR is over 15?

    I like Dhoni for all he has done for Indian cricket over the years - WC 2011, T20 07, CT 13, test ranking etc, but you cannot defend an innings like that. Terrible beyond words. He is doing what Misbah did to Pakistan with the difference being that he is part of a much stronger batting line up so a) his goof ups are compensated for by others more often and b)he cannot hide behind the weak batting excuse. This has long been one of my biggest criticisms of Dhoni. He simply shuts shop when he thinks the game can't be won. He did the same vs Australia in the WC semi 2015. Fair to say in the last 3 years he has mucked up far more chases than he has won. His overall stats for 2017 in ODIs are good but they are misleading. He played one brilliant knock vs England, but the rest were mostly sub par innings. IIRC he had a 50 against WI chasing <200 at a SR in the 40s that we ended up losing. Should he play the WC IN 2019? Personally, I'd take DK over him at this point. Dhoni still is the superior keeper and brings to the table the tactical nous and experience of a successful LOI captain, but those can't make up for his declined batting skills. Anyone else other than DK is perhaps not a viable option though given we are less than a year away now. I don't see Dhoni getting dropped though - so the best we can do is: Bat him at 4. Hell, I'd go left-field and even get him to open asking him to hit out or get out. Either: 1)Dhawan 2)Rohit 3)Kohli 4)Dhoni 5)Rahul 6)Raina/Jadhav/anyone but Manish Pandey 7)Pandya or 1)Dhoni 2)Dhawan 3)Kohli 4)Rohit 5)Rahul 6)Raina/Jadhav/anyone but Pandey 7)Pandya I know moving Rohit down seems like a bad idea but he does have the tendency to eat a lot of dot balls in the powerplay. It might be a good idea to have him at 4. The only issue is he struggles to rotate strike. Scenario 2 probably won't happen so the far more likely scenario is to have Dhoni at 4. I really thought Dhoni had something left to give after his impressive IPL, but clearly I was wrong.
  14. Dil Dil India

    WIMBLEDON 2018 discussion (and grass tune ups)

    I have mixed feelings about the scheduling tbh. I am not a big fan of skipping tournaments unless absolutely needed (clay is okay to skip at this age because his body needs it). Last year he skipped Paris masters and put all his eggs into the WTF basket and ended up losing to Goffin. Only Fed knows how much his body can handle and at 37 he obviously can't play them all. He will play Cincy, USO, Basel, WTF. If he feels upto it, he should play Shanghai as well - I think he will as he's defending champion. He can't do Toronto+Cincy back to back anymore so he should focus on Cincy which is his best masters. He should try and end the year top 3. If he somehow wins USO he'll have bragging rights for the year over Nadalovic. Realistically, I'd be satisfied with Cincy and WTF.
  15. Dil Dil India

    WIMBLEDON 2018 discussion (and grass tune ups)

    Federer has to win USO to make amends. I am fuming that fakervic managed to win this.
  16. Dil Dil India

    WIMBLEDON 2018 discussion (and grass tune ups)

    Didn't the AO final have that wetbulb test or whatever it was? And IIRC some WTA player (was it Halep?, don't remember now) fainted because of the extreme conditions. Here, the Wimby organizers just seemed to be trying to make up for their own scheduling incompetence and their own interests. Given that there was light and no rain/no need for the roof, they should have started without the roof on IMO. If they were that keen on getting everything done on time, they should have started the Isner Kandy botfest another couple of hours earlier. These same schedulers completely messed up the QF schedule by having both halves on 1 court because Novak was a whiny crybaby. Fed had a lucky break with RG 09 sure, but Novak had a bigger break with Nadal having to pull out of RG 16 due to injury (and not even to mention his racket toss which could and arguably should have seen him disqualified). My point is Djo has usually ducked everyone who can beat him on grass at a particular point in time (AMurray in 15, Fed in 11) and barely scraped through matches he should have lost in the opening rounds. Fed was decent in 14/15 (good if you want, but that's semantics; wouldn't rate it any higher)...even if he discount 2008, 2007 was peak Fed and Nadal took him to 5 and 2006, arguably Fed's highest level on grass, Nadal took a set...if Djo 14-15 had to face 06-07 Fed, he'd be on 1 Wimbledon. I agree it was Fed's fault too in those finals but with advancing age, the mental aspect becomes more pronounced. Fed knew he had to win in straights or at most 4, as he knew wouldn't have the legs to compete if it became a long drawn match. As for USO, I feel Djo was lucky to win the 2 he did (damn it Fed for especially 2011) so any bad luck he may have had there is more than balanced out...and that 2016 F run draw was ridiculous. Anyway moving on to the match, I agree that 3 or 4 sets in favor of Nole is the most probable result. Wrt to the distance run, I did read about that and I do agree that baseliners expend more energy. My main worry is that KAndy's arm may be too sore to serve well and if that is gone then Nole could beat him left-handed. I have a horrible feeling that KAndy will either lose something like 6-2 6-2 6-1 or retire mid-match. He's also carrying an injury apparently from what I understand which is why he's wearing compressor shorts.
  17. Dil Dil India

    WIMBLEDON 2018 discussion (and grass tune ups)

    The bolded part is what I have a problem with. They had no business doing that particularly keeping in mind the "rule" (which funnily doesn't seem to apply when outdoors becomes indoors). With sunlight and no rain, Wimbledon acted at their own discretion (and wrongly). Every effort should be made to keep an outdoor tournament an outdoor one barring rain etc. In the absence of it, they should not have done it. Nole owning Nadal outdoors at what exactly? Bo3 yes, but bo5? he doesn't. Prior to this they were 3-3 in bo5 off clay (1-1 Wimby, 2-1 USO Nadal and 1-0 AO Djo). And as you say this DJokovic is still a far cry from his former self and Nadal played his best grass match since 2010. I also agree that despite everything Nadal still had chances and probably should have taken either the third set breaker or the BPs form 15-40 twice in the 5th. I am a Fed fan but I think Djokovic winning a 4th Wimbledon heavily flatters him. He was lucky to duck Fed in 2011; was pretty mediocre in 2014 and Fed/Cilic/Dmitrov all let him off the hook. 2015 F was a great match from him but he avoided his nemesis on grass Andy and also barely scraped past KAndy. Nadal with 3 Wimbledons is easier to take because he faced peak Fed twice and prime Fed once(albeit in one of his worst slam winning years). By contrast, Djoko hasn't faced a Fed younger than 31 at Wimby (and still got his clock cleaned) and then faced up vs 33 and 34 year old Fed in 14 and 15. It is what it is and trust me I have no love lost for Nadal; but I just dislike fakervic's fake persona and gamesmanship. Wrt to the final, I don't see how Kandy has a prayer. Did you see his PC yesterday? He looked done and who can blame him. He's played 11 hours and the equivalent of 14 sets worth of tennis in the last 3 days. I just don't see how he gets it done. Djokovic's 5 hour match was split into 2 and played over 2 days and that's easier on the body...plus his earlier rounds where much easier where he faced bendikori, zeballos and other mugs...whereas poor Kandy had to go through Fed and Isner. What do you think will happen? I would love for Kandy to win, but just don't see it. Djokovic in easy 3 is my pick; 4 if Kandy takes a TB.
  18. Dil Dil India

    WIMBLEDON 2018 discussion (and grass tune ups)

    So they closed the roof before it actually got dark, but then "had" to continue the next day because rules state both players have to agree to the roof being open? LOL! It's an outdoor tournament FFS. I reckon Nadal would have won if it was outdoors given Djokovic is a better player indoors.
  19. Dil Dil India

    Greatest tennis rivalry and why?

    Only close because of WTA BO3. Nadal is Novak's daddy in BO5 10-4 Btw, nice to see you chicken out and absent since Novak turned 30. After all the crap you posted about Djokovic beating peak Federer in his 30s, it is amazing to see Noquack getting his clock cleaned at a younger age by Cecchinato, Istomin, Berdych, Goffin, Thiem, Taro Daniel etc. Karma is great. No doubt you will show up if your hero vultures this Wimbledon somehow...
  20. Dil Dil India

    WIMBLEDON 2018 discussion (and grass tune ups)

    It will get closer only if he wins, otherwise 3 is the gap it was when Nadal won his first slam (Fed was on 4). Even if he gets this, he needs 3 slams to surpass the record (assuming Fed doesn't extend it)...not a given...he was vulnerable at RG this year.
  21. Dil Dil India

    WIMBLEDON 2018 discussion (and grass tune ups)

    Even if he wins this he won't catch it, don't worry.
  22. Dil Dil India

    WIMBLEDON 2018 discussion (and grass tune ups)

    Rafa has to beat Nole now. Can't stand a defensive pushing grinder like faker who uses gamesmanship and fluked 2 Wimbledon titles vs choking grandpa after nearly getting screwed by Anderson, Cilic, Dmitrov. Him winning a 4th would be an absolute travesty. Moron slides on grass like it is HC.
  23. Dil Dil India

    WIMBLEDON 2018 discussion (and grass tune ups)

    So it will be: Federer v. Anderson Isner v. Raonic Djokovic v. Nishikori Nadal v. Simon/Del Potro Djokovic's luck is amazing. He had a piss easy draw for a #21 ranked player. His only potential QF threats Zverev and Kyrgios, both of whom he has a losing record against, have been taken out and instead he gets his pigeon who is one of the biggest losers in tennis today. He will bendover again to his master in the QF. I really hope Nadal takes out fakervic. Even as a Federer fan, IDGAF if Nadal gets closer to the slam record. Fakervic with his ugly sliding game winning a 4th Wimbledon would be an absolute travesty.
  24. Dil Dil India

    WIMBLEDON 2018 discussion (and grass tune ups)

    Yes. Nadal is already there. Del potro is 2-1 sets up vs Simon and the match will resume tomorrow.
  25. Dil Dil India

    WIMBLEDON 2018 discussion (and grass tune ups)

    It was still 1 point though, and if we are getting that nit picky then the point immediately before that one was contentious which arguably should have gone in Edmund's favour. Like I said, Nole has a history of dubious retirements, gamesmanship wrt MTOs, excessive ball bouncing and loud grunting on big points, shouting at ball boys, getting his racquet over the net to hit shots, time wasting, etc. His fans should be the last ones to whinge.

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