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  1. Doesn't matter. He has very good accuracy, so his action is repeatable and consistent enough; and he is quite fast (when fit), as seen in the Ranji trophy last year.
  2. Battle of young bowlers: Nagarkoti vs Mavi

    Don't forget: Porel will be playing for Bengal too!
  3. Credit is also due to Dravid. Imagine how disheartening it would have been for Porel if he had been sent home after the injury. I also feel he could have been kept on a bit longer, or brought back to close out the tail. As it was, taking him off after he took the first four wickets had a bit of a weekend amateur/social club game feel, as though the others were being given the chance to have a bowl too. Not bringing him back to have a shot at the tail -- and get a 5 wicket haul in the process -- was like the 50 year old club captain/secretary giving the young one a subtle telling off for unnecessarily bullying the opposition and killing the contest too early. The batting equivalent would be retiring a batsman for scoring too many/too quickly.
  4. IPL Auction Live thread

    Even if Saha goes unsold, he will probably play club cricket for Mohun Bagan instead Do not get me wrong -- I actually like the general premise; the legendary Australian system could be so, because international stars (Hayden, Langer, Ponting et al.) regularly played Grade cricket (Ponting famously kept tabs on grade cricket results even when on national duty, which, according to M "Mr. Cricket" Hussey, makes Ponting the "real" Mr. Cricket) ... Unfortunately, Saha's efforts are a bit wasted in CAB club tournaments, because there is a **tremendous** anti-East Zone (non-Hindi belt) bias when it comes to national selection. Unless you are a bona fide ATG, you will not even make the squad, let alone the playing XI. At the moment, we have Saha, but still there are voices galore calling for his removal. Tells you all you need to know about the pathetic state of affairs. Sudip Chatterjee, Abhimanyu Easwaran, Shreevats Goswami, Anustup Majumdar, Writtick Chatterjee, Ishan Porel, Kanishk Seth -- most have not even heard of them.
  5. Well, he was looking like getting out every other ball anyway. Had to happen sooner or later. Could have been out twice, and now gone for good. You win some, you lose some (in this case, he won 2, lost 1).
  6. You can do precisely that. All that matters is whether the given player is good enough to command a starting spot in the team as an overseas player (recall that overseas slots are restricted in number). Edited to add: if they are good enough, you could send a whole 30-man contingent consisting of the "probables" for the away tour.
  7. I actually have -- played cricket that is. Several club matches I played in did have role reversals of this sort. Of course club pitches at our level are a much higher level of difficulty to bat on, where even de Villiers would look clueless. Scores around 120 (50 overs) can be challenging depending on conditions. In those cases, you really do want your best batsmen to have a chance of facing their less capable (or tiring) bowlers.
  8. Goes without saying that blatant stuff like match-fixing are on a different level altogether. Excluding them for a moment, I think Kohli is quite high on the list. What makes him such a strong contender for the top spot is his tremendous confidence in his captaincy skills, which is as unshakeable as it is misplaced. Tendulkar was a poor captain, but he was at least wise enough to see it himself, and stepped down in favour of Ganguly -- leading to an (in hindsight) wonderful blossoming phase of Indian cricket. Kohli is undroppable as a player (this is India, not England) and too stubborn to step down quietly.
  9. Be careful what you wish for. Frogs, prepared correctly, are a French delicacy
  10. The bigger problem is that a truly great wicketkeeper makes half-chance look regulation (or atleast doable), while bad keepers make regulation chances look 50-50. And then there are those that shamelessly stand there while a regulation chance goes between 1st slip and keeper ... and still stay in the team (one of them uninterrupted for close to a decade, another one with comebacks after long periods of time)
  11. Looking at that video again, f*** me ... that was almost straight down (conventional) 1st slip's throat
  12. His only saving grace is that when projecting forward, there is never any proof, only strong indications. Not so favourably for him, while there are quite strong indications Saha would have caught those, there are no indications -- neither strong nor weak -- that Dhawan would have scored anything.
  13. Nice one, except the bit in the last line about Bengal and South. I think he would not be able to tell someone from Odisha/Assam from a Bengali. This is a general hate for anyone not from North/West zone.
  14. "Dropthiv" Patel out to a fantastic catch ... ironic. And the fact that it was Morne Morkel who took the catch even more so.
  15. That is quite a blinkered view, to be honest. A simple example: a really good wicketkeeper can stand closer to the stumps, especially on skiddy or up-and-down wickets, even at high pace. First, more edges are converted this way, nicely exemplified by a catch he took off Shami (notedly skiddy-type bowler) in the series against Sri Lanka this winter. Seemingly innocuous catch around waist high (if he were standing completely upright), but -- as sharply noted by Cricinfo ball-by-ball commentary -- it was possible because he was standing ridiculously close to the stumps. (The slips, being not quite suicidal yet -- in spite of their drop rate ;) -- were standing much farther back). Secondly, he can thereby also cut down on the angle (something Jonty Rhodes at point used to do). Either this way (or also simply by being more mobile and covering more ground sideways) he can allow the slip cordon to go wider and cover a larger angle, giving it an appearance of being larger than it is (for example that catch off O'Keefe, where he basically just made up for a non-existent first slip -- Kohli was almost at a genuine 2nd slip, with pronounced stagger). The extra fielder can be made to create pressure elsewhere, like forward short-leg (and thus an additional bluff as to the imminence of a bouncer) or a leg slip or straight and close to the pitch (especially if the pitch is uneven). The added flexibility afforded by an excellent (as opposed to merely adequate) keeper and the more aggressive bowling ploys made possible that way are perhaps not directly evidently (especially in bare scorebook entries), but, as you have surely seen by now from the above, quite apparent upon appropriate reflection.

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