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  1. Even i find this strange .. never ever seen so many close matches . It cannot be coincidence.. is IPL turning to another form of wwe??
  2. Saeed Anwar

    Thank you for bringing the moments .. the sachin straight drive, rahul square cut, mark Waugh cover drive, ganguly straight sixes, azhar flicks , laxman flicks,
  3. We all are human. Have made mistakes . I am no saint either . I forgive Smith. Looking forward to his redemption . Will root for him when he comes back . He looked totally gutted and repentful. The bar has been set too high.. let's see if other boards have the conviction to do the same for their players .
  4. I think ganguly performance in Sahara cup In Toronto was out of the world... Cannot recollect the matches but it gave unquantifiable joy in looking at those results. I believe it was early days of cable television and not everyone was able to watch these matches .
  5. Sachin Titan cup semifinal against south Africa Robin Singh 48 agaiNst Zimbabwe in Bulawayo Srinath and jumble hitting partnership of 52 for 8th wkt against Australia. Unbelievable straight six by srinath. Venkatesh prasad ball of century to admit sohail in wc qf Kohli 150 odd against Sri Lanka chasing 300 odd in less than 40 overs Pathan brothers finishing one match Azhar toying with Lance klusener along with anil kumble(88). He hit 5 consecutive fours in the test. I used to be the 90s kid... So cannot recollect the recent ones. The other noteworthy ones have already been listed in the prior posts.
  6. Ideal Indian combination for LOIs

    I agree Rahul form is due to circumstances imposed by team management . The same yardstick can be applied to Karthik as well . So comparing that Karthik has come out well now . No point in looking at past issues . If we had done that we wouldn't have got shikar or Rohit in ODIs and kohli for tests . We can only hope team mgmt is kinder to Rahul and he gets in their good books . Karthik seems to have channeled his inner demons for now and is prolly at the best phase of his career . So will probably be higher in pecking order as compared to others . He seems to be calmer and can steer the ship at 4 better in comparison to Rahul at this moment . So will take Karthik on current form and mental balance .
  7. Ideal Indian combination for LOIs

    small change - Need a solid 4 who can accelerate . rahul due to circumstances does not seem to be mentally strong. i would take a DK and manish pandey/raina over KL and pandya/ Vijayshankar. rahul can come in if MSD is not in the squad.
  8. Sending Shankar over DK

    It seems entirely plausible. Damn ! If that is true . Why did shastri immediately tweet . Was it to cover tracks . Does shastri usually tweet for majority of matches .. I know it is a conspiracy theory but you never know . Now was vijayshankar also asked to bat the way he did ? It gets grippping ...
  9. Ideal Indian combination for LOIs

    I am just not sure if pandey as 2 down will work . Can he rotate strike and keep moving ? DK 3.0 seems to be best . But challenge would be that our lower order is exposed . Considering England pancakes in 2019 it might be better to have Raina instead of pandey. First XI:- Rohit, Dhawan, Kohli(C), Karthik, Dhoni (Wk), Pandya, Raina, BK, Kuldeep, Chahal, Bumrah. Reserves:- Rahul, Pandey, Sundar, One seamer (Prefer Khaleel as Shami would not be mentally strong now) Bowling 2 slots will be round robin between Sundar, Khaleel,chahal and Kuldeep. Batting number 4/7 will be toss up between Raina, pandey and rahul. The rest are core team.
  10. Sending Shankar over DK

    I think it was a blessing in disguise. This is a pointless tournament where we did not expirement much and rohits move seperated the boys from the men. DK stood out and poor Vijay shankar got slaughtered. I hope he is mentally tough as Broad to come out of this shocker. DK is now the clear number 4th. KL Rahul with his loose shots and lack of match situation will get discarded . I believe Kohli looks for attitude and Rahul is definitely not there. I think it was telling when Karthik said it is competitive and you have to grab any open chances. DK shone through in technique, match pressure and runs. will be number 4 over manish pandey purely for the pressure batting that he did today. Raina is number six in ODIs. Vijay shankar will need to put mammoth numbers in domestic to get a look in again . got undone in the most important match. i dont wnat to give up on him as we need a big hitting batsman who can bowl few overs. he looks built like a tank but sadly the shots were not there. lets see what he does this IPL to get up his confidence. i support Rohit's move even if we had lost. Got to know true potential of DK.
  11. Bhuvneshwar Kumar should be dropped from the ODI team

    i think the role definition needs to be done. 1,2,3 are set in stone...they have been doing their job. so we are good there. Number 4 - need to be a proper batsman who can accelerate --- There is nobody for this role leaving apart KL Rahul . He might fail here and there but he is the only one we have. jadhav/ pandya/dhoni do not fit here. Number 5 batting allrounder - Plays mostly as a batsman. can bowl 3-5 overs max. I think pandya fits here. this will also relieve pressure that he has to bowl 10 overs. my guess is his bowling is impacting his batting a la irfan pathan . We need to rectify this at the earliest. The other competitors for this spot are Raina, Krunal and Vijay shankar. Number 6 bowling allrounder - Can bowl 6-7 overs and can contribute 20-25 runs at 120+ strike rate . Only jadeja comes here. I hope he has a monster IPL. Number 7 - Pinch hitter Wk (Dhoni) - he has not been doing it because he is in the mode of consolidating. I think we need to just say that the role is to hit those sixers. If top six fail there is no way we can expect number 7 to bail us. I just dont think we have any replacement here unless sanju samson can do decent wicketkeeping. not too convinced on Pant. Number 8,9,10,11 - depending on pitch and opposition its between kuldeep, shami, chahal,bhuvi ,bumrah with ashwin and jadeja as outliers. we need to rest rohit, kohli and dhawan as well as bumrah and one wrist spinner from SL series to play situational cricket to see who can perform.
  12. Dhoni should bat at number 4 or not be played

    My order would be Rohit,Dhawan, Kohli,Rahul/Shubman, Raina/Iyer,Dhoni,Pandya/Krunal , Bhuvi,kuldeep,chahal,boomraah. i feel shubhman could have an early induction as he could be the next sachin/kohli ... considering the lack of options it is a wishful thinking.. dhoni can come in 4 when we have lost early wickets or if there is more than 20 overs at play.
  13. Dhoni should bat at number 4 or not be played

    Agree to this . We need a 5 and 6 batsman who can bat at around 120 strike rate. We need pandya because he is a freak . You never know when you need the freaky innings and i dont think any team has a number 7 allrounder who is great . Point in comparison Morris. So we might need to give pandya as much exposure as we can unless we feel we have a better freak player than him.in retrospect I feel even krunal or Vijay might struggle now. We should have been in experimentation a year back . Now is too late. For 5,6 my gut says choose between shubman, rahul, iyer and raina . Prolly raina needs to come now . I wouldn't be surprised if raina is not in scheme of things in next series.
  14. Dhoni should bat at number 4 or not be played

    I think we need a consolidater at number 4 . I will be happy with a strike rate of 90-100 And I think dhoni fits in here. Considering the world cup is too close we cannot try pant. I am still not sure if any wk batsman can hit from the go like what dhoni did earlier . Yes dhoni strike is pretty pedestrian these days but he holds up the middle order which will otherwise collapse.we need to be realistic. Everybody is failing in middle order and singling out dhoni is not fair. Number 5,6,7 are bigger worry. Manish , shubhman gill, KL rahul , shreyas and raina need to be tried out for 5,6. Pandya needs to get his act right soon else we have yousuf pathan 2.0 bubble building up. Pandya, vijayshankar and krunal should be tried for the 7 slot. Give each of them at least 5 games consecutively. Rahane should be out because we have dhoni . Rohit need to retain as there is nnok alternative.
  15. Though I feel happy for kohli, i an getting reminded of the 90s where we were dependent on sachin. This team will not cut ice for the world cup. Pandya, jadhav, dhoni and rahane are a big liability. and considering that rohit sharm a outside subcontinent is a bigger risk . Shreyas iyer, shubman gill might need to be groomed faster and hope they click . The Only Silver Lining Is We Have Kohli And The Bowlers . It Would Be a shame If We do Not Win The 2019 wc because of selection issues.

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