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  1. I had always expected Jadeja to be better than Ashwin in batting. After a long overdue wait, he looks like he has reached his final level and ready to play a role as a good batsman down the order in tests. If he can play like this, he can play anywhere. Certainly a plus for the future. He played well vs Australia as well but the batting i saw yesterday was in a different league from the past. And its equally disappointing that Pujara and Rahane are a bit stagnant and going though the motions. However allrounders should not be misused. An allrounder cannot be played even at 7 as the wicket keeper is too raw. You need six specialists. Only when you have a solid contributor for a keeper, it is possible. But having an allrounder is far from a necessity. I have been saying from 2013 that the no 6 batsman has to be developed. The 5th bowler and allrounder are no game changers. It was always a going to be a waste of time. Infact a pool of 7-8 batsmen has to be maintained. I would look at Shubnam Gill next year. IF Baba Aparajith has a good season, he can be looked at too. Good that Vihari was brought in despite a low profile and he was always marked as a test batsman. It was great to see him adapting the challenge quickly. Very impressive start.
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    Agarwal Vs Shaw

    All other things being equal..Its not equal in this case... Exceptional talents are fore most priority...only then exposure for more mortal players. Exceptional players are much greater in value addition and are what one would call "force multiplier".... there is no equality here. Only for other players, its equal. Anyone who has followed my views would know I do not recommend any u24 batsman for tests...only the odd special talent who can be one in a generation.
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    Agarwal Vs Shaw

    Its a wrong comparison for the simple reason that Shaw will get a special treatment that 99.8% of others don't. Exceptional talents will leapfrog everyone. Only when was the question. Shaw is undoubtedly the better prospect . Mayank has worked and refined his game better through several seasons of trial and error. Mayank and Vihari have to perform consistently to get their chance. Players of Exceptional promise will be fast tracked and can bull doze their way to a slot. For others, getting that slot in the indian team may require several years of consistency and a chance of luck with a vacancy.
  4. This is an exaggerration. India barely won any series against strong teams even at home during those days. During the 1987 series, Pakistan was beating us from nowhere time and again. The Australian side was still finding its feet but it would not have been easy in the final The decision to drop Amarnath came to bite the team in the semis. Vengsarkar was down and Pandit, a young keeper cannot fill in a huge vacuum. I remember the match.Gatting and Foster had dominated India in the 1984 series and they returned as tormentors again. Gooch and Gatting put on a huge partnership .Gooch was very annoying ,sweeping left and right. The spinners were totally clueless.Lamb came up with some useful slog in the end. 250 was like 320 in the last WC semis. It was really tricky. The chase never took off with Gavaskar dismissed in his last match very early . Foster ripped out Sidhu ,Srikanth and Pandit in a crucial spell. I never got the impression we were close to a win, We were always behind. It was down to Kapil. he tried to lift up the tempo. But he was hit and miss. once he was out, i had a feeling it was gone. Azhar was playing a dogged knock but in those days he was known to crawl during ODI's....Shastri was a reasonable finisher but he was not a great player...52 from 10 was very challenging those days and with the last recognised pair, we were up against the wall. If More had done well, we would have a chance. but he played poorly. A second world cup win would be overestimating what was really a mid tier side.too good to happen.
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    We are the champions [ 2018 ] !!!

    Winning 2 qualifiers was possible...with this bowling attack, winning three would have been extremely tough But SRH messed up at the end. Ngidi was certainly a welcome change. That's what is needed. Also the opposition didnt have Malinga or Johnson to damage us.That also helped.
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    To all the bambis !!!

    surprised that such a poor team took us to the last over....we will get better
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    Is Indian Tennis Scene ever going to pick up?

    Sumit does not have a good height. His model is Ferrer type hustling. That means more limitations in tennis. Ramkumar with his serve and forehand is more promising in my eyes,. But his backhand is such a liability currently. Karman kaur has it all. but i am not happy with her progress.She should be doing more with her gifts. Again her backhand is the issue. Maybe her tennis iq and strategy has to improve. I hope she is not like rohit and ishant
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    Is Indian Tennis Scene ever going to pick up?

    Strategically Incompetent administrators. First decent coaches have to be available in good numbers at grass roots level and matched by decent facilities.Decently coached candidates have to compete in strong leagues and tournaments.More people will take up this career if they are convinced their return on investment is reasonable. Without a proven track record of good coaching and previous champions, i doubt critical mass will be attained in terms of a tennis career. or the parents will support them in too risky and uncertain a path. Only when a choice of a tennis career becomes critical mass and people take it up in huge numbers, the probability of a few tennis champions becomes realistic . Right now its bits and pieces. No momnetum is there Its no rocket science focus on the big cities and the private schools first. when we have have only crorepatis and criminals ruling the roost, what do you expect. They have to be shunted out first,.
  9. Honestly i am not sure ...these pitches were sub par pitches where winning the toss made a big difference.. Batsmen had reasonable chance only in certain sessions ...mostly in the first innings of the first two tests...Not one 350 in the series The length and radar looked better than previous tours...But for confirmation on how effective they really are, one has to wait for truer wickets. My opinion was if the faster bowlers can bowl more consistently in the same channel as Bhuvi, there would be great rewards. In the third test, they did match up to expectations. Pandya can be a good bowler if he gets yard or two of pace with more strategy and deception. The fightback with bat and ball starting with Rahane's attack is certainly a huge positive and can be a huge inspiration for youngsters. There have been occasional heroics in the past like Gavaskar and Amarnath battles against fast bowlers, Sandeep's hundred in Adelaide, Vishwanath's 114 and Kapil's fifer in Melbourne, Tendulkar playing a lone hand with others falling over.. But this kind of victory is hard to recall. Often we have seen Mccullum or Kallis single handedly saving matches. Even Jack russell made only his second hundred in his entire career to save a test for England in 1996. Thats how bad our bowlers have been in the past. This is a certainly a more refreshing display which one hopes to see more often. Hopefully England will be better this time with good wickets. The Australian series at home and this series are entertainig to watch. But the careers and development of batsmen suffers.
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    Syed Mushtaq ali trophy 2018

    Nair and Mandeep can be tried for shorter forms now. MA needs more consistency.
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    What is your first recollection of Cricket?

    Fragile memories of the 1981 England tour. Uncle asked "is it over?".. Aunt replied "yes Gavaskar caught it"(meaning the england innings came to an end).Somehow this remains my first memory. I learnt the names of Gavaskar, kapil, Vishwanath,vengsarkar, Fletcher,Boycott,Gooch, Gower and botham. There was the match in Chennai. Again my relatives told me how the match went. Vengasarkar was hitting boundaries at will before he was felled by a bouncer. Vish and Yashpal put on a hge partnership. I remember one day when botham got dismissed at the end of the day. Srikanth got dismissed quickly in one of the tests. Then i remember a match vs Pakistan when Kirti Azad finished the match with bighitting. But it was the 1983 WI tour that really set the tone for regular watching. Watched the series from the second test in Delhi.
  12. take the news with a pinch of salt. Thiem didnt want to be there. Ramkumar is far far from ready to defeat top 50 players. he has to demonstrate top 175 level first.his backhand returns are abysmal. yuki already is around 130 level due to superior experience, just unlucky with injuries.but ramkumar could scale higher eventually.
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    A fast bowler India might have had

    The game evolves. Its not static and neither is Indian cricket. The scene in the 80's and 90's were not the same as in 2000's and not by a long way. In the 80's and 90's, we struggled to find a second fast medium bowler. Kulkarni was faster but it was binny or prabhakar who were the second bowlers. similarly it was srinath in the 90's. the second bowler was prasad. kuruvilla was close to fast medium at least before he got chances.but he was such a horrible fielder he didnt get chances earlier. none of the others were fast medium. when i saw srinath, i knew he will be there for the next decade as he was genuine fast medium, a rarity in indian cricket at that time. No other bowler inspired such confidence. i saw Ankola in 1989 in pakistan. he was no fast medium. All others were medium pacers or maybe medium fast occasionally. Harvinder bowled only 10 overs in the 3rd test as aussies got to him in bangalore. mark waugh was treating him like a club bowler. Reports from the match indicated he didnt look like he belonged there. He was banished and got a few chances in 2001 with a remodelled action but zaheer and nehra were there by that time. Only from the 2000's, the the rate of fast medium prospects was faster and better. The 2005 scene is not comparable at all to the earlier eras. Munaf and ishant were genuinely impressive when they first arrived. but better sportsmen also have good cognitive ability and they can scale up higher. that's where we struggle. The number of prospects of 2017 is higher than 2005. it will keep evolving. You cant compare eras.
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    What happened to Hemang Badani?

    He had everything going for him right from u14 times. Got selected to city schools s first step along with his u14 captain, ravindran john who was more impressive at the time. My bet at that time would have been for ravindran to be more successful later. But badani was a very hard man to dismiss as well as i found in the nets. They also got the selected for the tn u14 team and i used to follow the scores. they made some impact there as well with partnerships. when i saw them again, they have transformed completely in their skillset. were charging more senior fast men like nothing. Generally my memories of him as a cricketer are positive and initiative oriented. At the international stage, i didnt see the same person. The biggest stage showed a lot of conservatism. he was solid but he was not taking bull by the horns. Kaif took the edge because of his fielding and also that innings at natwest. Mongia also got some chances as he impressed the batting big guns with an innings in domestics.maybe mongia was the worst thing for him. took some chances that he could have used. His exit was a bit harsh. In the few chances he got, he gave solid performances like a partnership at perth, when everyone failed. Maybe they wanted someone who can make a difference rather than merely solid performances. Kaif also found himself out in a few years. but it can be said badani didnt get the second chances that kaif and mongia did.
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    A fast bowler India might have had

    The batsmen r lot more genuine. sandeep was an exciting strokemaker for his era. some of the sixes hit by yashpal in those days on huge grounds like australia would make for spectacular viewing. The material about bowlers r largely nonsense. Articles championing journeyman players are a problem till today because of journalist blissfully ignorant about first rate ability.

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