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  1. It's Mumbai's match to lose.
  2. He is a great player, but he isn't dominating anything. He played 2 good innings this IPL.
  3. The IPL is fun for a while but gets boring very quickly. You can't skip international matches for the IPL. Personally, I would much prefer a test against WI than RPS vs DD.
  4. India should skip ICC tournaments and just play bilaterals.
  5. Jayawardene is the definition of a flat track bully. Mediocre in UAE, South Africa, New Zealand, England and Australia. Chanderpaul has not done well in UAE, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Pakistan. Younis hasn't played too much overseas and clearly struggles against pace, but he has still performed well away. He is one of the best players of spin this turn of the century, has a brilliant conversion rate and temperament and performs under pressure. No way either of those are better players than Younis.
  6. 20000 on MI
  7. Who are these better options?
  8. Opening is the easiest position in the IPL because of the fielding restrictions. He won't score a run outside of the powerplay.
  9. He is better than Chanderpaul and Jayawardene and as good as Cook.
  10. 15000 on MI
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    15000 on SRH
  12. Then why not just increase your money every time you post or get reputation instead of getting runs and having to convert them?
  13. That looked not out.
  14. Cheteshwar Pujara is hitting the ball effortlessly. The sound of his bat meeting the cherry pierces the silence.As you are drawn into the experience, you can feel that the watching kids are also spellbound by the sequence unfolding before them. Then, in an attempt to practice against the short ball, India's Test specialist asks the bowlers to bowl from almost half the 22-yard distance of the pitch. As his son evades one bouncer after another, Pujara's father Arvind, who doubles up as his coach, explains the logic behind the cut-off pitch. "It means that he's now training against bowling at the speed of 150 kmph. You don't need a bowling machine with this tactic," explains the senior Pujara. Welcome to the Cheteshwar Pujara Academy. Located in Taragadi, a tiny hamlet 16 km off Rajkot on the highway to Jamnagar, the facility is spread across six acres. It trains 30 budding cricketers without charging a single rupee from them. Apart from teaching the game to the kids, the venue also provides Pujara an ideal ambience to train before big tours. Watching Pujara bat in the nets and in the practice games itself is an education for the boys. The added bonus is the coaching imparted by Arvind and brother Bipin -both former Ranji Trophy players for Saurashtra. "Growing up, I struggled to get good cricketing facilities," Cheteshwar tells TOI after sweating it out in the nets, far removed from the glitz of the IPL. "I don't want today's kids to suffer similarly . This is my idea of giving back to the game. I don't want to earn from this," he adds. Sportspersons love to talk about 'giving back to the game,' but very few actually do. And you certainly wouldn't expect a current India cricketer, who's still way off from retirement, to actually do that. But then, Pujara is different."When I bought the land around four years back, it was all rocky terrain. We had to work hard to just level it first," he remembers, "There's a well too near the boundary, but that was left untouched, to keep the natural sanctity of the place intact," Pujara added. "We take trainees from all over Gujarat, based purely on talent. Here, one can practice in peace away from the hustle and bustle of the city . The atmosphere here, as you can feel, is calm and serene. My dream is to produce an Indian player through this project," beams Pujara, as he watches the trainees holding their fitness drills. The India No 3 in Tests wants to take this academy ground to a further level. "I want to make this place into a world-class academy . It's good enough to host Ranji Trophy games," he says. The ground boasts of lush green grass, and trees have been planted around it, despite a water shortage in this city . "We use sewage water for the ground," says Arvind. The ecofriendly ground uses solar panel to generate electricity . Amongst the many practice wickets here there is a cemented pitch too. "I trained `Chintu' on a cement pitch when he was a kid, because that helps improve concentration levels, as you've to play more deliveries than you can leave," says Arvind Pujara. Today, Pujara earns Rs 2 cr per annum after being promoted to Grade ` A' among BCCI's centrally-contracted players. Not having a lucrative IPL contract, though, would make it slightly difficult for him to maintain an academy which doesn't exist for commercial purposes -a decent cricket ball alone costs at least Rs 200 these days.To develop this picturesque ground and the academy further, the Pujaras will certainly need sponsors at some stage. Perhaps, some genuine fan of the game will chip in then. For now, Pujara, like he does for India, is carrying this special `innings' of his life all on his shoulders alone. http://www.cricbuzz.com/cricket-news/94057/pujara-super-stroke-gratis-academy-for-gen-next
  15. Opening batsman M Vijay played through a part of India's long home season with a "fractured wrist," which limited his range of shots and the power with which he could play them. As a result of the injury, Vijay was ruled out of the ongoing IPL and travelled to the UK for surgery; he returned to Chennai on April 16. "I don't want to get too much into the status of the injury but I was playing with a fractured wrist," Vijay told the New Indian Express. "It was a difficult situation to be in, but the team always comes first ... I was not able to bat freely because, as the injury aggravated, I couldn't play certain shots and when I went out to bat, I had to grind it out. Especially against pacers, it was difficult at times to even defend off the front foot because it was my bottom hand that was injured." Vijay missed only one Test - the second against Australia - out of 13 in India's 2016-17 home season, which began with the series against New Zealand in September last year. He was India's third highest run-scorer behind Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli, making 771 runs at an average of 36.71. After beginning the season with two half-centuries in the Kanpur Test against New Zealand, then making two hundreds against England and a century in the one-off Test against Bangladesh, Vijay's form tapered during the final series - against Australia. He scored a half-century in Ranchi but did not pass 11 in four other innings. Vijay said his injury affected his strength while batting. "I was told not to use any power while batting, so that was something I had to keep in mind while facing spinners," he said. "As a batsman, when you can't play certain shots, it affects your momentum and it was frustrating, but I saw it as a challenge because nothing comes easy and I learned a lot." "My body language might not tell you a real story all the time. I was in pain and it is not in my personality to show what I'm going through and gain sympathy. At the end of the day, I'm the one going through that and need to handle it on my own." Vijay said he was a while away from playing cricket again, but India do not have any Tests in the near future. "I have already started my rehabilitation and hopefully, in a month or two, I should be able to pick up the bat again." http://www.espncricinfo.com/india/content/story/1093078.html