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    MSD will score a ton today

    He knows they will eventually shut up anyway. There is no control mechanism with captain, coach, Dhoni.
  2. I pray BCCI allows LOI specialists to play overseas T20 leagues and Rohit/Chahal/Dhawan etc. are kept busy by those. Our team management and Selection committee are masters of extrapolating performance in one format to another.
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    Ind A vs WI A, Taunton, day 4.live stream

    Very true. Cook, Malan, Bess, Woakes are definite starters for the 1st Test. Possibly even Jack Leach if wicket is a bit dry. Burns and Gubbins are good bats as well. Pope, the young wicketkeeper, is a very good batsman as well and English are hyping him up to be the next big thing. This should be a good test for our bowlers. Think we should go with Rajpoot, Siraj and Saini along with one spinner.
  4. Did I say he brought it up himself? Yes he was replying to a question. What was odd was the answer itself. Difference is that in the past, his/Chahal's answers have been on the lines of Ashwin/Jadeja have been doing this for a long time and they are really good at it in the tests. Now, at least from Kuldeep's answer it seems that he is expecting his position in the test team. To say this out loud is a bit improbable if there hasn't been been any such discussion about it with Kohli/Shastri. I think the team management is already thinking on those lines.
  5. Cook, Jennings, malan, Stokes - 4 left-handers in the English lineup. Surely, Kuldeep will be the 2nd spinner if India play 2 spinners. And it was really odd of Kuldeep to speak of the selection in 2 days time and that he is looking forward to it.
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    Ind A vs WI A, Taunton, day 4.live stream

    He was not out. Ran out of partners. Seems like a solid bat.
  7. Horrendous first 2 balls
  8. Can someone end Rohit's T20 career today and put him out of his misery
  9. Assumption is that it would be something that can heal in a week's time as that is the time he asked to re-appear for the test (all of this is assuming that Bhajji is telling the truth)
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    Its a Shoot-out between Kartik and Raina

    Unfortunately, he doesn't quite survive for no.2
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    Its a Shoot-out between Kartik and Raina

    No it's not.
  12. Seems like a dry surface where ball grips and stops a bit. 250 would have been competitive with 3 spinners for India.
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    India's over reliance on top 3

    Most teams in the world would gladly take a situation of 230-2 after 40 overs. Reason is simple - they have the hitting power that India does not. We should stop justifying the philosophy of playing 20 balls before being able to attack. Guys like Maxwell, Stoinis, Miller, Morris, Butler, Morgan etc. don't need it. I can't understand why we are trying to defend scores of 50-60 runs in the last 10 overs?
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    India's over reliance on top 3

    Usually teams convert a situation of 170-2 after 30 overs to at least 320 runs after 50 overs. India is becoming a bit of exception and there are no excuses. No. 4 not being able to hit immediately is ok but most good teams have no. 5,6,7 batsmen who can strike well. We have only Pandya and though he has the potential, he is still not consistent enough. In fact, Yuvraj's biggest strength at No. 4 was that he could hit 35-ball 50. In the current middle order, only Pandya (and perhaps KL, if given a chance) is capable of that. While most other No.4 and 5 batsmen would enjoy coming in at a position of strength, our middle order is clueless with regards to pacing an innings.
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    Bhuvneswar Kumar averages 100 in this ODI series

    Shami is not as good an ODI bowler as people in this thread have made him out to be. Though I hope he does well, I suspect he will go for plenty in the last ODI. We need a bigger pool of fast bowlers for ODIs and T20s.
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    Bhuvneswar Kumar averages 100 in this ODI series

    Yes, hasn't bowled the tight lines in the first powerplay as he usually can. Served some freebies to Amla/Markram. I think Shami and/or Shardul will replace Bhuvi and/or Bumrah so let's see how it goes. Shami can take early wickets but if he doesn't (and SA can work past the wristies) our bowlers will go for plenty in the last 10. The only match in the Australia series where Shami and Umesh played, that's what happened - Aus ended up with 330+ and we lost the match. Really hope Shami can develop his death-overs bowling. Will be great if we have a pool of 4-5 fast bowlers can bowl well upfront as well as towards the end.
  17. Indian batsmen seem to be struggling with stroke-making. Either lack of quality or pitch is not really a 330-par. 310-315 may be enough.
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    Pandya's bowling in the 1st 2 ODIs

    Biggest concern is that I am not sure if our Bowling coach is working with Pandya and how much can he help him. This is where having a good seam-bowling coach like Zaheer or Shane Bond would have been so useful.
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    Pandya's bowling in the 1st 2 ODIs

    Vijay Shankar, I think, will go for plenty in ODIs. He is slower than Hardik and from what I saw during SA A series, lacks control. The only place he might do well (with the ball) is in England with a red duke ball that swings in overcast conditions. I am afraid he does not have the pace or skill to contain in ODIs.
  20. That ball to Gill was very good. Inviting flight, dipped, gripped and turned.
  21. Manjot reminds me of Yuvi. Plays spinners much better though.
  22. Below are four links (Each innings divided into 2 links). You can usually find the links to highlight by searching on Reddit. SA innings: https://streamable.com/ptzgo https://streamable.com/ax722 India inns: https://streamable.com/v0yii https://streamable.com/accfw

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