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  1. Samcric

    Bharat Arun

    Strongly believe BCCI can easily afford a Fast-bowling and a Spin-bowling coach. We need someone like a Shane Bond or Gillespie to guide the next generation of bowlers who will most probably replace the likes of Umesh/Ishant/Shami for the next overseas cycle. Guys like Siraj, Rajpoot, Avesh, Mavi & Nagarkotti. Imagine a Shane Warne or McGill as Spin-bowling coach and what it can do for the next generation of wrist-spinners: Kuldeep, Chahal, Markande etc. Bharat Arun has helped with consistency. But we need someone even better to graduate to the next level.
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    The playing XI v Austalia in Adelaide.

    Given the long tail of Australia, India will NEED 5 bowlers. The only way that is possible is if you include 2 all-rounders - either Ashwin-Jadeja or Ashwin-Bhuvi. My bowling attack would be Bumrah, Bhuvi, Ishant and Shami along with Ashwin who would share the workload of 90 overs in a typical day as below: Bumrah/Bhuvi - 16 overs each Ishant - 18 overs Shami - 13-15 overs Ashwin - 25-27 overs (Vihari to chip in a few if required). I would also play Vihari in place of Pujara or Rahane in order to provide more bowling options. This series will be a tough grind and it would not be as easy to get wickets. 350+ scores may not be enough at least in Adelaide. My team would be: Rahul Vijay Pujara Kohli (c) Vihari Pant (wk) Ashwin (vc) Bhuvi Ishant Shami Bumrah
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    Anti Rahul Club [ ARC ] !!!

    Rahul is going through a bad patch. He needs to go back and play domestic and A-tour cricket and try to find form in red-ball cricket. Few technical issues have crept in and he needs to show more mental toughness and hunger for runs. But over next 2-3 years, I would put money on him being successful than fail. Too good a player to keep failing.
  4. Should be Saini. Will be Umesh or Chahar.
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    Rahul's honeymoon period is over in tests

    Gill at 3, Bawne or Vihari at 5.
  6. Australia will win 4-0. They will probably go the south Africa and England way and create low-scoring matches by leaving a lot of grass.
  7. Yes, looks difficult now but was a good opportunity to perform. Don't doubt his talent though, will surely play all three formats within 12-18 months.
  8. I think some of these players have a great chance of being selected in Asia Cup if they keep performing in the next two matches: Gill, Mayank, Rayadu, Manish Krunal, Shreyas Gopal, K Gowtham Khaleel, Saini, Prasidh Saini has been very economical and he does have good control. Unfortunately, India B games have not been telecast so can't be 100% sure.
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    4th test: Batting 1st advantage

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gambler's_fallacy
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    4th test: Batting 1st advantage

    Source? As per below article, it seems it is conducive to batting and seems like a "bat first" pitch. England piled on 550+ in 2014 3rd test batting first and we could not save the test even though we scored 330 in the 1st innings. Even the below article mentions: But the Rose Bowl, where England will attempt to wrap up the series next Thursday, should offer low bounce, a quick outfield and a first-innings average of 40 runs per wicket and 3.8 per over in first-class cricket this season. If the sun shines, then the batsmen have an opportunity, for the first time in the series, to get on top https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/cricket/england-india-third-test-joe-root-alastair-cook-bat-a8503356.html
  11. link for today's match - https://hshls28-i.akamaihd.net/hls/live/566578/qas2018/INDAAUSA23AUG2018/master_Layer7/master_Layer7.m3u8 You can play it on VLC player if it does not work on Chrome. Khaleel's bowling - 46 min (8th over) onwards.
  12. Thanks, that Rajasthan situation is unfortunate. I think Pankaj is captain so will definitely play? For the other bowlers, what is the solution? Play for another state? While it is good to have a problem of plenty, we need to ensure we don't lose out on young fast bowling stocks. BCCI must plan A tour to Australia in November. In fact, it would be better to send out 2 teams who can play Australia A/B teams or even state teams simultaneously. Our pool of talent has expanded and we should try to maximize opportunities.
  13. Siraj looked erratic today. Don't know if he got carried away with the movement he got off some balls. I was expecting to see him bowl a tight line but was too wide and he actually got lucky with some of his wickets. Sincerely hope it was a one-off. Khaleel was seriously impressive. Good seam position and nip off the wicket. Kept pressure on the batsmen throughout. Easily the most impressive. Don't know if it is premature but he will be a tremendous addition to the test team if he can bowl like this with the red ball.
  14. I don't think we have any good ODI/T20I bowlers right now especially ones who can bowl Yorkers and slower balls at the death. Siraj, Rajpoot, Avesh were poor in IPL. Mavi is still WIP. havent seen enough of Khaleel in live matches to comment. Kaul and Umesh are actually the best options after BnB. This is actually depressing. If Pandya can learn bowling some Yorkers to go with his slower ones, it would help.
  15. Should be a good test for Indian bowlers especially if the pitch does not turn too much. Aus A team has Khwaja, Renshaw, Handscomb, Travis Head, Mitch Marsh, Agar etc.

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