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About GolGappe

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  1. GolGappe

    Ajinkya rahane is not a number 6 in tests!

    Without Hardik, we will be down to 4 genuine number 11 batsmen - You'd see lot of scenarios like 250/5 to 265 all out.
  2. KLPD. Big money at play there. If Dhoni retires from limited over cricket, all of a sudden he is only on TV during 6 weeks of IPL. Brand value takes a catastrophic dive. They are already talking about sequel for his biopic. The guy has only played cricket for 12 years, has mostly sucked in last 2-3 years, and tamely retired from toughest form of cricket after 8-9 years. They are going to milk the sh!t out of it.
  3. Pretty disappointing game. Shocking surrender from tail-enders in both digs. Few positives: Prithvi Shaw is raising his hand up and showing he is ready for big boys league. Rahane got to spend reasonable time in the middle in both innings. Pant continued his red-hot form and got himself into test squad.
  4. Isn't he 34 years old? This could be a career-ending injury for the poor chap.
  5. Most likely line-up: Dhawan, Rahul, Pujara, Kohli, Rahane, Kaarthik, Hardik, Ashwin, Shami, Umesh, Ishant?
  6. Based on current form, Pant looks like a much safer bet than Karun Nair as reserve batsman.
  7. Rohit, Dhawan, Kohli, Rahul, Kaarthik, Krunal, Hardik, Bhuvi, Bumrah, Kuldeep, and Chahal. First choice backups: Sundar, Pant, and pick any flucking trundler in case one of the fast bowlers break down. Barring injuries, this would be my nucleus for World Cup and should be given assurances and protection from unnecessary experiments. Chahal needs to pull his chaddi up as far as fielding is concerned. I think presence of Krunal would lift Hardik's game further. This way we have sixth bowling option and backup wkt keeping option covered. My 2 cents.
  8. How the heck is he even up for consideration in limited over set-ups? He shouldn't even make Mumbai's OD team let alone India's. Do these experts watch games in some other dimension that we are not aware of? As much as despise Dhoni the batsman, I'd still take blind-folded Dhoni over Rahane any single day. Going back to him would be a huge step backwards. I never rated Kaarthik the batsman in limited overs. But, credit to him. He wants to get going right away and has built up some strength so can slog when neeeded. Rahane is just a slow-poke with complete disregard for match situation.
  9. GolGappe

    Has this team already started disintegrating?

    I wouldn't go that far. However, their well-known inadequacies were amplified by world's number 1 team playing in their own backyard. None of the issues, maybe with the exception of three genuine number 11 batsmen, were unknown to serious cricket followers prior to this series.
  10. And yet Ganguly is pimping for Dhoni and Raina at 5 and 6 respectively.
  11. Don't forget Dravid and Zaheer were given the "batting" and "bowling" coach roles. They haven't been allowed close to the national team set-up.
  12. GolGappe

    The logic behind dropping KL Rahul ..

    Hopefully an injury or a niggle. Doesn't make sense any other way.
  13. I have a tiny inkling that Dhoni will announce his retirement after this ODI. Sad to see KL Rahul being pigeon holed into a T20 specialist
  14. I haven't seen a bigger swing between chest-beating optimism and pessimism amongst Indian cricket fans ever. It's been a pretty wild ride under Kohli. Statiscally, India is winning more matches although some losses such as CT final or the test series loss in RSA, mainly due to poor scheduling or strange selections, were pretty hurtful. PS: I have followed cricket since 1987.

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