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Posts posted by Tibarn

  1. BK looks like a decent test bowling-allrounder, at least at times. Shami and Umesh are sloggers. Ishant is a blocker. Bumrah is a proper tail-ender.


    The only one who looks timid ever is Bumrah, but he has only just started his test career, so he will get better. 


    A real timid Indian bowler with the bat was Zak. Sometimes it seemed he would just throw his wicket away by mindless slogging, just so he wouldn't have to be on the pitch any longer.

  2. 5 hours ago, Clarke said:

    An interesting book on the topic by a right wing economist, Niall Ferguson



    Image result for civilization west rest ferguson




    It suggests 6 factors that contributed to economic growth & military strength:



    scientific revolution

    security of private property


    evolution of the consumer society

    Protestant work ethic


    Reference: https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/reviews/civilization-the-west-and-the-rest-by-niall-ferguson-2238079.html



    IMO the protestant work ethic is overblown. Only some countries in Europe are even Protestant(England, Netherlands ), while many are Catholic (France, Spain, Portugal) and something like Germany is balanced between the two. However, all of Europe seems to have developed simultaneously, whether Protestant or Catholic, which implies to me neither was the basis of the development over the other. 


    The first 4 on the list I definitely agree with though. 

  3. 8 hours ago, Trichromatic said:

    I have seen people saying that he sucks only in slip catching, but this guy drops catches everywhere - at the circle, at boundary. 


    Slip catching is worst and he needs to stay away from slips. It won't solve the problem but reduce the number of drops from him. 

    The problem is captains seem to like to play in the slips, so they don't have to run all the way in whenever they want to make a tactical change. Kohli is going to force himself in the slips even though he is such a bad fielder

  4. I think Kohli will easily lead in drops, he is notoriously bad with catching.


    I realized after I voted that I should have selected Ishant instead of Umesh. Ishant has the most chances of playing in the most tests in this series I think. Bumrah and BK are both injured, Shami is injury prone, and Umesh is overall lower on the pecking order than both Ishant, Bumrah, and Shami it seems, so he will likely get benched if all are healthy. Ishant is a workhorse who I think has the best chance of playing all 5 tests, so he may have the most chances to have his catches dropped.  

  5. Pujara: We are backing you, don't give up on yourself. Hang in there on the pitch and the runs will come. 


    Pandya: Don't get caught up in the fame of being a cricketer just yet, worry about your performances and the fame will follow. 


    Umesh: When you get a chance, bowl fast; ignore the Indian bowling "experts" who think reducing pace will help in control and tell you to stick to line and length.  

  6. It's always fun to read a social science article  :phehe: 


    The linked article itself says


    While the new research does not demonstrate a causal link between lack of godliness and economic development, it suggests that wealth is not in itself the cause of secularisation.

    1) Create a bombastic title to grab eyeballs, then walks back instead of making any conclusion 




    “However, we suspect the relationship is not directly causal. We noticed that secularisation only leads to economic development when it is accompanied by a greater respect for individual rights.”

    2) Basically Capitalism(greater individual economic freedom) = greater economic development.  What a ground-breaking discovery.  Like anyone who understands basic economics doesn't already know that.  :laugh: 


    I guess some in India should learn this since we have so many socialists/communists in our midst, but even the Euros/Americans are starting to have them as well (it's no wonder the relative power of Euros/Americans are on the decline, socialism = cancer).   



    However, the researchers conceded that more work is required to test this conclusion.

    "Very often secularisation is indeed accompanied by a greater tolerance of homosexuality, abortion, divorce etc,” said Mr Ruck.

    “But that isn't to say that religious countries can't become prosperous. Religious institutions need to find their own way of modernising and respecting the rights of individuals."

    3) The "research" implies that, for example, greater tolerance of homosexuality will lead to economic growth, via respecting the rights of individuals, yet doesn't show how exactly if tomorrow major groups in some poor countries stopped persecuting homosexuals they would get richer.


    Does anyone with a brain really think that say Afghanistan will suddenly start skyrocketing in growth rate if they abandon their typical bigotry vs homosexuals. Only a social science article can produce such drivel. 


    Now from the research paper itself comes:


    For indices of cultural values, we use data from the European Values Survey (EVS) and the World Values Survey (WVS) since 1990.

     4) They themselves admit to using data since the 1990s only, not even 3 decades 


    The EVS and WVS only have data since the 1980s :rofl: 




    So basically, in the last 3-4 decades economic growth has been associated with Secular countries, essentially Europe and North America, ie the countries that top the list on all measures of capitalism, while other countries like India, where geniuses like Nehruji promoted socialism have traditionally had a minuscule rate of growth despite the abundance of secularism we have. :laugh:


    In reality 


    The Middle East/North Africa, and the West are two of the highest income regions in the world, despite their governments being less secular than Latin American or Asian countries. The reality is that good economic policies, quality natural resources, and technological innovation are the key to economic growth.  



    Anyone that actually knows history knows how rubbish this article is. Europe, and later the entire West, has been consistently the wealthiest part of the world (per capita) since at least around the 1700s. This is the exact period where these same Euros were committing genocide on non-believers and converting infidels across the globe (along with colonizing the vast swathes of land on the planet). Why did they get rich? "They" invented the key technologies of the last several centuries such as: the printing press, steam engine, assembly line. etc 


  7. 9 minutes ago, jusarrived said:

    None of the them are going to be settled if they are going to rotate 6 players for 20 games . KL is not a middle order bat , his chances of succeeding are very limited . if you the mgmt cant realize that and give him a long run , then persist with some other player . This musical chair program is not going to help any batsmen . 

    Knowing these guys though , I bet they will still be rotating players even in the WC warmups ..while the top order wont budge from their comfort zone . 

    Sure, rotating 6 players over 20 games is a bad idea, but just giving a single player all 20 matches is also risky, especially if they don't end up paying dividends. They need to pick 2, at max 3 players and give them all a fair shake... 

  8. There are 20 scheduled ODIs left for us after today's is over. Sanjay Bangar on a Cricinfo article stated that we will try out a number of options in the middle order: Raina, Rahul, DK, Pandey, Rahane, and Rayudu. Add to that Jadhav, when he returns from injury, is also an option in the middle order.   


    Does anyone really expect Rahul to get all 20 matches to solidify his spot, when team management has a minimum of 6 other players they have in mind competing for limited spaces?


    While I agree Rahul is the best option to invest in for our middle order and should get all 20 matches, he hasn't exactly set the world on fire in the chances he has gotten...

    Career averages
      Span Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 0 4s 6s  
    overall 2016-2018 12 11 3 257 100* 32.12 327 78.59 1 1 1 20 4 Profile
    Innings by innings list
    Runs Mins BF 4s 6s SR Pos Dismissal Inns   Opposition Ground Start DateAscending  
    100* 176 115 7 1 86.95 1 not out 2   v Zimbabwe Harare 11 Jun 2016 ODI # 3742
    33 66 50 4 0 66.00 1 bowled 2   v Zimbabwe Harare 13 Jun 2016 ODI # 3744
    63* 99 70 4 2 90.00 1 not out 2   v Zimbabwe Harare 15 Jun 2016 ODI # 3746
    8 28 18 1 0 44.44 1 bowled 2   v England Pune 15 Jan 2017 ODI # 3819
    5 11 5 1 0 100.00 1 caught 1   v England Cuttack 19 Jan 2017 ODI # 3821
    11 28 11 1 1 100.00 2 caught 2   v England Kolkata 22 Jan 2017 ODI # 3824
    DNB - - - - - - - 2   v Sri Lanka Dambulla 20 Aug 2017 ODI # 3905
    4 - 6 0 0 66.66 3 bowled 2   v Sri Lanka Pallekele 24 Aug 2017 ODI # 3906
    17 - 24 2 0 70.83 4 caught 2   v Sri Lanka Pallekele 27 Aug 2017 ODI # 3907
    7 - 8 0 0 87.50 5 caught 1   v Sri Lanka Colombo (RPS) 31 Aug 2017 ODI # 3908
    9* - 18 0 0 50.00 4 not out 2   v England Nottingham 12 Jul 2018 ODI # 4014
    0 - 2 0 0 0.00 4 caught 2   v England Lord's 14 Jul 2018 ODI # 4016


    196 of his 257 runs came in his first series against Zimbabwe; after that he hasn't crossed 20. When you have such limited spots, like in our middle order, you have to grab the bull by the horns and make yourself un-droppable.  

  9. On 7/16/2018 at 9:44 AM, coffee_rules said:

    what? There is at least one pizzeria in every street of Manhattan. 

    I meant that they wouldn't deliver to the hotel I was staying in. I got in to the hotel from LaGuardia at ~9 PM and no pizza place was willing to deliver or most said they were too far away, not even the usual Pizza Hut/Domino's/Papa John's said this hotel was in their delivery range.      

  10. It's nothing sinister... it's just the same story from this thread:

    based off this article by Aakash Chopra:



    The fact is that Dhoni is older now, so one can't expect him to play like he used to. The onus is on the team management to either: change his batting position pushing him up the order or drop him. He cannot play as a lower order batsman anymore. 



  11. 2 minutes ago, Moochad said:

    They can be the most balanced side, they have 5 allrounders: Root, Ali, Woakes, Stokes, Rashid 


    They can have a lineup with the fewest number of specialist bowlers. If they add Plunkett to the above 5, they would bat 10 deep and still have a good bowling attack!


    A healthy English side is favorites it looks like. 

    They are definitely the most dangerous side this time around.


    We are more limited on the other hand, unless we play Jadhav(and his performances thus far weren't flukes) or maybe Krunal. 

    Rohit/Dhawan/Kohli/Rahul/Bumrah/Kuldeep/Chahal guaranteed playing 


    BK(need his death bowling) or Shami/Umesh for their wicket taking ability


    Dhoni sandwiched by Hardik and either Jadhav or Krunal 


    If we think BK counts as an allrounder, and include Hardik along with either Jadhav/Krunal, we still have 3 bunnies in Bumrah, Chahal, Kuldeep 



  12. 12 minutes ago, Moochad said:

    BTW, do you know why OOA is sometimes called theory and other times hypothesis? Those don't even have the same meaning... 

    I don't know really; it always seemed fishy to me that OOA alternatively has a couple of different names including theory or hypothesis depending on the version. I am just guessing, but it seems like OOA Theory is just a colloquial name. It doesn't seem to be supported enough to be a theory.

  13. 17 minutes ago, Moochad said:

    So I guess its between us, SA, and English.


    Seems Poms are missing Woakes 

    From the stats, the English should build their bowling attack around Woakes, Plunkett, and Rashid.


    Ali and Root give two extra bowling options though spin. They need to just identify another pacer: I guess Topley would be a good choice to explore as his strike rate is nice thus far. Since the English have such a good batting side, they can focus on strike bowlers to take wickets in their bowling unit. 

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