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    Ashwin you are a ficking disgrace

    So, what about *all* previous instances of Buttler at the non-stricker's end in the match (and if you want to extend the matter then in his career)? After all, he could be a *repeat offender* in terms of the rule and Ashwin is the Brown Knight restoring Justice to the cricketing world :-)
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    Ashwin you are a ficking disgrace

    To be clear, I support what Ashwin did and believe that this will spice up LOI Cricket if ICC allows the law to stand in its current form. To me it is similar to the history and rules about "stolen base" in Baseball: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stolen_base All I am making is the "Karma Argument": If Buttler left his crease before the delivery in most/least of his stays at the non-strickers end then that would be a persuasive argument for those making the "subjective" interpretation of the rule. For me, the Umpires made the ruling on an appeal from Ashwin and other KXIP players (I could see at least one making an unequivocal and strong appeal) and that is all there to it.
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    Ashwin you are a ficking disgrace

    Been busy lurking :-) but had to say one thing too lazy to do it myself: Forget the holy "spirit of cricket" however sacred or profane it actually might be (I will betray my prejudices and say that it only seems to apply when non-Goras are the perpetrators and Goras are affected). If you want to argue your case for or against Ashwin, why not compile *all* screenshots of Buttler at the non-stricker's end *at the point of delivery* in the match and then argue your case? Fair and simple for somebody that can replay the stream with decent digital skills and wants to argue good faith. After all, if Buttler always/never (most likely in the majority of cases his behavior is a certain way) left his crease before the ball had been bowled by the bowler, we have no rationale for Ashwin doing what he did or Buttler being aggrieved and the others commenting on the spirits and rules and precedents of the game and such.
  4. All analogies eventually breakdown :-) FIFA WC is a different beast than first division football or even the continental tournaments like Champions League (only format where you need to win 4 knockout games in a short period of time). Olympics Gold has age and professional player restrictions, so not exactly the same.
  5. Agreed. But then my argument is really for players that might be "exceptions to the rule" (the sports prodigies like Messi, Tendulkar etc.). Why can't we give them a run to see if we can have them in the squad if not the playing XI. Our own captain and coach have nothing but high praise for them. Right now, we have a catch-22: we don't play them because we don't think they are ready yet and they are not ready yet because we don't play them (even in low-stakes bilaterals in the buildup to the World Cup). It is like refusing to play Messi or Ronaldo even in international friendlies or inconsequential WC Qualifiers (as they were called before the current regime of Nations League).
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    What should be the XI for the 4th and 5th ODI

    Dhoni also has to make commercial calculations and not just cricketing ones (TV Screen Time == Playing Time). Brand Dhoni vs. Player Dhoni is a tension now that he is no longer the player he once was. Except for his wicket keeping skill in stumpings to spinners, what facet of his game is still truly world-class? Keeping to pacers? Guiding spinners? Setting fields? Setting a target in the final overs? Chasing a target? Can he sustain the recent form into IPL and post-IPL into the World Cup? The cynical answer for our predicament might be that many of the current Indian players' brand futures might be tied up with Dhoni's. That is not necessarily bad if they can deliver the World Cup and cash it in afterwards. Only a problem, if they are rent-seeking rather than seeking returns from investing their genuine talents for Team India ;-)
  7. Regarding Gill and Shaw: It is understandable that you don't want to experiment in big tournaments like the World Cup. But, if you have: (a) outstanding talent with "once-in-a-generation" potential (b) excellent record in the age-group world tournaments (c) proven credentials in the domestic professional leagues (d) good experience in the premier club tournament (e) first hand skills assessment from the senior team practice sessions it stands to reason that you include them in the final squad if not in the playing XI. Why not give Gill and Shaw a proper go in the remaining bilateral ODIs as reserve opener and reserve #4 at least even if you are confident in Rayudu at #4? But then, as a Desi, one can never assume "good faith" decisions from any Desi institution, let alone the BCCI with its history of nepotism, regionalism, favouritism and all other asinine and evil -isms on the planet. Here's how teenagers fared in the FIFA World Cup, a high-intensity and high-stakes tournament (yes, Gill and Shaw are technically just outside last teenage year of 19 but you get my point) https://www.90min.com/posts/6105237-6-of-the-best-performances-by-teenagers-in-the-history-of-the-world-cup
  8. Yes, I think that is the case. IPL form might have a say in the selections for 1 or 2 outside the XI but I think Rayudu is in barring injury or failed yo-yo fitness tests :-) Does anybody know when is the last date for announcing the final squad of 15?
  9. Kohli has high praise for Gill at the post match presentation. Gill will debut at 3 me thinks.
  10. The middle order mist is clearing and I can almost see it now. India vs England in the CWC 2019 Finals at the Lords. India chasing 327 to win and Rayudu walks in at 111/2. The rest was history: an epic mauling of the nth order- Rashid and Ali battered beyond belief, white cricket balls endangering the flora and fauna of St John's Wood. MoM 145*. We ungrateful fans will be forced to eat Hyderbadi Dum Biryani. Mark this post :-)
  11. I suspect so too. FFS, why fast track a 19 year old to the senior team if he isn't going to get some game time in a dead rubber? For "Gnyaan" from being part of the senior dressing room?
  12. So, Gill at 3 to replace Kohli or will he be pushed down the order?
  13. Edulji might have done a great service to Indian cricket inadvertently :-) Pandya has a point to prove and hope Rahul rediscovers his mojo too

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