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  1. I don't remember Dhoni ever winning a T20 match for India. If I'm not wrong, he doesn't have a man of the match award in this format either. He has only played as a supporter for Kohli, Raina, Yuvraj etc. which any young batsman from the IPL could do as well. His strike rate rate is also in the low 120s, which means that he isn't a player that will take the game away from the opposition. So what is so special about him in this format that makes him an automatic selection?
  2. Why is Dhoni still playing T20s for India?

    Big names like Gambhir, Sehwag, Yuvraj and Raina who are all much better T20 cricketers than Dhoni have been rightly dropped from the team because their performances weren't up to the mark but this guy keeps on getting selected series after series and world cup after world cup with a free coupon.
  3. Why is Dhoni still playing T20s for India?

    No other team would give a 10 year long rope to a T20 cricketer who has a grand total of ONE T20 half century in his whole career and has a career strike rate of less than 125 when batting in the lower order below #5. Other teams have monsters such as Maxwell, Buttler, Miller, Russell etc. in their lower order whereas we have the great "Thala" who bats at a snails pace at a strike rate of 100 or less. Dhoni will only slog in the last over (If he survives that long ) which will bring his overall strike rate in that innings to 120-125 which is mediocre for a lower order hitter. We have lost countless T20 games due to Dhoni trying to hit big only in the final over instead accelerating a bit earlier and carrying that momentum to the end. Even Dhoni Bhakts will know that he has won less than 5 T20 matches for Team India in his whole career and does not deserve a place in the side in all fairness. My question is that how can someone as bad as this in T20 cricket still play for the national team, let alone for 10 years!
  4. Why is Dhoni still playing T20s for India?

    Just 3 innings in his whole T20 career in which 2 of those came exactly 10 years ago in 07'. How the F has he survived this long in our T20 setup
  5. So this is our world class T20 team that match winning IPL youngsters like Rahul, Pant and Krunal can't get in to?
  6. What is the point of having a 2 month long IPL if performers like Krunal, Pant, Kaul etc. are not getting selected!
  7. We have tried so many options for the #4 slot in our ODI team in the past 5 years but still do not have a permanent solution to this day. Let's take a trip down memory lane and see which options we had tried back then: 1. Rohit Sharma - If anybody remembers, Team India had a ODI series in Sri Lanka prior to World T20 2012 in the same country. Rohit played in all 5 ODIs at #4 and flopped extremely bad, I believe he did not reach double figures even once in that series. There were loud cries to drop Rohit from the team and give chances to Manoj Tiwary. Rohit eventually became India's first choice opener after Sehwag had been dropped and has done a wonderful job since then! 2. Yuvraj Singh - After being ruled out of the game for over a year due to cancer, Yuvraj made a comeback into the team during India's home series against Pakistan where all our batsmen barring MSD flopped badly. After that, we played against England where Yuvraj failed again which cost him his place for Champions Trophy 2013. Fast forward to 4 years and Yuvraj has once again lost his #4 slot to Rahul and Pandey. So it's clear that he is no longer an option for Team India and that we need to look beyond him. 3. Dinesh Karthik - Got plenty of chances for the #4 slot in both the Champions Trophy and the tri series in West Indies which happened right after in 2013 but failed and lost his spot. He's just not good enough for international cricket unfortunately. 4. Ajinkya Rahane - After Yuvraj had once again lost his #4 spot (Got dropped from the squad twice in 2013) following failures in our home series against Australia prior to Tendulkar's retirement, Rahane was given a long rope as India's #4 for over 2 years from January 2014 to January 2016. During this time frame, he had scored only 2 centuries and both came when he was used as an opener. The only time when Rahane had helped India win a match as a middle order batsman was during our World Cup match against South Africa in 2015 where he had scored 89 runs from about 70 deliveries. But he did not produce more knocks like these during his 2 year rope and was let go as a middle order option after World T20 2016. Why have we struggled for so long? Are we selecting the wrong players? Are we making them bat out of position? Can either Rahul or Manish cement #4 as their own or will they also fail like the names mentioned above? Team India has to solve this issue immediately if we are to win the World Cup in 2019. I feel that this is an important issue that nobody discusses here on ICF!
  8. I really like the idea of having both Pandya brothers bat at #6 & #7 for us in ODI cricket. Since they are both batting all-rounders, we can count on both bros to provide much needed firepower in our lower order since batting will be their main strength. Both Pandya's are big hitting attacking batsmen and can help take the game away from the opposition and help India win countless matches with their willow. Another plus point with this idea is that Krunal is a very tidy left arm spin bowler and his bowling will be very useful in the subcontinent where we play 90% of our cricket. Krunal and Hardik can both chip in with 4-6 overs each and complete the 5th bowler's 10 overs quota whereas our 4 front line specialist bowlers can complete the other 40. Having 2 batting all-rounders in the top 7 is a great luxury, they can balance out the team in a lot of ways. India can use Krunal and Hardik similarly to how Team England use Ben Stokes & Moeen Ali. But the question remains; Can Krunal Pandya bat at #6 in place of Jadhav/Shankar/Raina?
  9. Your T20 squad to face Australia?

    Most likely 15 man T20 squad: 1. Rohit Sharma 2. KL Rahul 3. Virat Kohli (C) 4. Suresh Raina 5. MS Dhoni (WK) 6. Krunal Pandya 7. Hardik Pandya 8. Bhuveneshwar Kumar 9. Kuldeep Yadav 10. Yuzvendra Chahal 11. Jasprit Bumrah 12. Mohammad Shami 13. Akshar Patel 14. Manish Pandey 15. Rishabh Pant (WK)
  10. Your T20 squad to face Australia?

    Doesn't matter what we fans want and think is the best. I fully expect the selectors to troll us all and select grandfathers Yuvraj, Nehra and Mishra
  11. Kedhar Jadhav :player without X factor

    Time will answer all your questions and doubts!
  12. Kedhar Jadhav :player without X factor

    I never knew that the World Cup was starting tomorrow
  13. Kedhar Jadhav :player without X factor

    Great batsman but don't see him in our 2019 world cup team. Age and fitness are not on his side.
  14. INDIA vs AUSTRALIA | 4th ODI | Bengaluru | Sep 28 2017

    Has Akshar Patel ever performed against a top 8 team with either bat or ball? I swear all of his decent performances have only come against Zimbabwe
  15. Umesh Yadav is a tried and tested failure in LOIs. I don't see any difference between him and padosi Wahab Riaz
  16. Can Krunal Pandya bat at #6 in the ODI team?

    Bump! We are so blessed to have an awesome talent like Hardik in the team after years of mediocrity from Binny! Just imagine if his brother also joins the team! We will have 2 match winning allrounders just like England (Stokes & Moeen) I know that the IPL is no parameter to judge any cricketers but there must be something great about Krunal's batting if he bats before Hardik in every match for Mumbai! I am very excited about watching the 2 brothers play together for Team India!
  17. Dhoni isn't going anywhere before World Cup 2019
  18. Jadhav has had only 1 good series so far in his career, against England in January where even a past it Yuvraj scored runs for fun on those 350 pitches. He has poor fitness and his fielding is laughable. He will be 34 by the time World Cup 2019 starts so I can just imagine his fitness and fielding getting even worse. He's clearly not a long term option I don't know about you guys but I don't see him lasting long in the team.
  19. Can Krunal Pandya bat at #6 in the ODI team?

    Or we can play both brothers and still have 3 specialist pacers in the team. We can play a lower order similar to this: 6. Krunal 7. Hardik 8. Bhuvi 9. Shami 10. Kuldeep / Chahal 11. Bumrah This will give us 2 batting allrounders + 3 specialist pacers + wrist spinner. But if we are to go forward with an attack like this, its very important for Krunal to be a good enough batsman who can bat at #6, hence why I have opened this thread!
  20. Siraj & Thakur should be given chances soon
  21. Dhoni will start slogging in the last over only
  22. What happened to Barinder Sran?

    If anyone doesn't remember, Sran is a tall left arm fast bowler that debuted against Aus in Aus before World T20 2016 and had a decent series on those graveyard pitches where scores of 300 were chased down easily for fun by both teams. After that series, he was never seen in Indian colors again. But where did he go and how come he's not getting more chances? He didn't get selected for India A's tour of SA that finished last month, nor is he in any of the Duleep trophy squads. The Aussies just finished playing a warm up match against the left over Indian domestic players but he was not even part of that squad as well! Currently, Team India does not have a fast bowler that is left handed. I believe that since Sran fits this description, he should have gotten a consistent and fair run to prove himself and show whether or not he is international standard. If the likes of Kulkarni & Dinda can still be in the selector's scheme of things, then I don't see the harm in giving bowler's like Sran some chances as well
  23. Where are you from ?

    Toronto, Canada
  24. Get Washington Sundar into Indian LOI team already

    Krunal Pandya should be given chances before Sundar if we are looking for a batting allrounder that bowls spin
  25. TNPL tournament thread | July 22nd - 20th August

    Washington Sundar is both the highest run scorer and highest wicket taker so far

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