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    Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

    On what criteria is Lata Mangeshkar India’s greatest singer. Yes she is the most recognizable and the most famous one. That is no different from saying Govinda or Hrithik are the greatest dancers produced by India ingnoring all the other classical dance arts. Yes Lata Mangeshkar might have the case for being the greatest Indian film singer ever that’s about it.
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    Interesting dubsmash/lipsync

    And you are surprised by that
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    Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

    Are you just throwing around blank statements just like that or do you even actually listen to Carnatic and even Hindustani music ? Nusrat Ali was a great musician no doubt but you probably know him and his work either because of Bally Sagoo remixes or Bollywood going full gooey eyed for yet another Padosi tailunt
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    Sam Curran what an all rounder

    On the pitches we got in SA and Eng. 4 bowlers were enough. Sometimes Ashwin was totally useless and sometimes Pandya. Literally 3.5 bowlers performed every time.If I remember correctly sometimes the 5th bowler was not even required. We clearly lost both series because of batting and that too our tail collapsing like a pack of cards. On Flat Aussie pitches we might need a proper bowler. Even then 3 full time pacers+1 spinner is good enough. If it is old school Perth 4 full time pacers. Pandya doesn’t fit the bill either ways I am afraid.
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    Sam Curran what an all rounder

    If you need a batting cushion you play an extra bat and vice versa if you need bowling cushion. It is a bonus if the guy can handle himself in the other department. I am sure there are marginally better spinners than Moeen Ali in English cricket but they may not be that much more better. So his batting is an absolute bonus. However there are both batsmen and bowlers leagues ahead of Pandya in Indian domestics. I am sure some of them can handle themselves marginally in the 2nd skill. How are you not seeing this simple logic. If Jacques Kallis was not a great batsman and was not scoring trust me SA would not keep him around only for his bowling skill because at that time they had much better bowlers than Kallis in their domestics. Same applies to some great bowling allrounders as well.
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    Sam Curran what an all rounder

    If a lower order bat outscored a top order bat then the problem is with the top order bat. That doesn’t mean you reverse the batting order or you automatically promote the lower order bat. In SC, even a guy like Jayant Yadav can score 100s and his bowling will be more useful than Pandya. Not advocating Jayant but just using him as an example. Pandya getting a shot to pad up some stats and occupying a slot is unfair to all the batsman who toil hard and knock on the door of Indian test team especially when Pandya as a bowler is toothless in SC. Similarly Pandya the bowler overseas is blocking more capable bowlers knocking the door of selection and not that his batting is singlehandedly making a difference. I used Bhuvi as an example. He can score as many runs as Pandya and be more useful with the ball and it might be the case for many other full time bowlers out there. This is almost Mohammed Amir type excuses that Padosis come up with to justify Pandya’s place. Guys like Ali and Woakes and even Curran make it to the team as pure bowlers. Mitch Marsh or Watson before him played as pure batsman. Are they good enough or not is a different debate. I am just pointing out the logic in playing Pandya who is affecting the team balance rather than stabilizing it.
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    Dhoni v Rahim - who has been better wk-batsman in tests?

    There is obviously a slot for only one keeper. In ODIs the only 3 guys who can make it in that role are Dhoni,Sanga and Gilchrist. No way Dhoni will be ahead of Gilchrist as the keeper atleast in my all time odi X1. Anyways ATG X1’s etc are always subjective. There is no real science to pick those. Also a hypothetical X1 will be packed with some great batsman so you don’t really need a keeper-bat to play at 5 or 6. I mean Dhoni is going to compete with guys like ABDV,Hussey,Bevan,Yuvraj etc.
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    Sam Curran what an all rounder

    Bhuvaneshwar Kumar outscored a lot of batsman in 2014 England tour and is miles ahead of Pandya as a “test” bowler. Doesn’t mean we start batting him at no.6
  9. Even his quickest in internationals on an average from what I am seeing so far is between 135-140. Don’t think he will ever be a 150 bowler. Agreed that dipping below 130 is unacceptable
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    What is it like to travel in PAKISTAN.. by Mark Wiens

    Oh bhai either you are just stalling because you have run out of arguments or you are just don’t have basic comprehension. That part has been explained in various forms in the above posts.
  11. Khaleel has looked way more threatening than guys like Bhuvi and Umesh Yadav. Even Shami looked off color in limited overs. We are too hung up on pace. He has shown a calm head which is rare for an Indian seamer who loses the plot after a couple of boundaries. In the final T20 he bowled 3 very good overs. Last over was unfortunate as even the commies pointed out, it was just a batsman having a good day on a flat pitch in an unforgiving T20 format. His bowling was never poor or wayward. I do agree that having a pace is a great add-on. At this stage I would rather take a young seamer with a lot of skills and hope he works on increasing his pace than a guy who reads 145+ on a speed gun but bowls gun barrel straight and gets carted all over.
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    Sam Curran what an all rounder

    That’s fine. Just a harmless joke. Fine if you think Indian players are far superior to their gora/Brit Pak counterparts. However all the names you mentioned Ashwin,Jadeja,Moeen Ali and even Woakes all have a defined role as a bowler with batting being an add on. Only Stokes might slightly fall into the the Pandya category. However it looks like his 100 in SC and 200 in SA played a major part in his team playing him as a proper batsman who is skilled with the ball. Also don’t think Stokes is blocking the spot of any batsman/bowler who is clearly knocking on the door of selection. Obviously I am not an expert in English cricket so not sure about that. However guys like Karun Nair and even someone like Shaw and Gill and plenty of bowlers on the cusp of selections have to Sit out for Pandya’s mythical all round skills. By the way just because I believe Pandya is not working doesn’t automatically make it the the other extreme that I don’t think he is talented. He has not shown consistency that qualifies him as a pure batsman or a bowler which affects the balance in test cricket. In LOI he is an absolute must.
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    Sam Curran what an all rounder

    Only 4 games? Also It is fine if a batsman is pushed ahead of others because he has bowling skills or vice versa but there is nothing called a “pure allrounder”
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    Sam Curran what an all rounder

    That is ironic on so many levels Curran’s role as a bowler is as clear as daylight when compared to what Pandya’s role is. Relatively speaking
  15. I see these 2 mofos in every other ad selling every random product. Dhoni was appearing in every other ad in the recent T20 series even when he was dumped mercilessly from that format. No wonder with so many commercial interests this guy is getting a free pass. Kohli on the other hand has earned his commercials and ad revenue as the current face of Indian cricket. However have these guys ever appeared in any public service announcement ever? Back in the day or even now guys like Sachin,Dravid etc used to appear in Anti-Smoking, Anti-Alcohol, Polio Vaccine etc etc ads. Dont think I have ever seen these guys in anything meaningful. Even Rohit Sharma has appeared in PETA ads.
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    What is it like to travel in PAKISTAN.. by Mark Wiens

    Indian Muslims for the most part are progressive, educated and have made a mark for themselves in every field be it art,science,business or sport. They keep their religion private just like it should be and focus on building better future for themselves and their families. This applies to Sharukh Khan or even The local Pan wallah, Thele waala. Sure, there are some politicians who once in a while create nuisance and disturbance for their political gains but for the most of them bar a few idiots keep up with the essence of “Hindustan“ or “Bharat” or “India” which make them legitimate sons of the soil. Now obviously the ones creating nuisance all over the world and using religion as a way to disturb peace, I guess bastard can be used as an abuse for those people . Now if you are hung up on the dictionary definition I will leave it to the guy who originally said it to explain.
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    Stan Lee creater of Spider Man, Iron Man died

    RIP.Kind of like Steve Jobs of the comic book world . The face and marketing genius not exactly the “technician” in this case “artist”
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    What is it like to travel in PAKISTAN.. by Mark Wiens

    That is a strong word and very crude but point is hardly there is any Pakistani who takes pride in their heritage before the advent of Islam. They all think they are descendants of Babur and Tughlaq. Just like there is no denying that some conversions probably happened by choice for spiritual reasons and some for political gains and other benefits, one cannot deny that there were also forced conversions. Countries like Malaysia,Indonesia etc have accepted their pre Islamic past and have made progress but a lot of Pakistanis still act like it is 1100Ad. I have never come across a Pakistani who accepts that and in fact what is worse is everyone knows Pakistan history has been tampered with during the Zia era. Also destruction of temples. While what you see as religious symbolism has probably existed for more than 3000-4000 years because no denying that the land that is Pakistan today is probably where this entire civilization started from. By that I don’t mean after the Islamic invaders came lol Clearly the spin is that you guys are descendants from Europeans and Arabs when that is far from the truth. Infact even the Pakhtuns and other tribes of that area share a gene similar to modern day Indians than Europeans and Arabs but you probably won’t get that.
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    Sam Curran what an all rounder

    Looks like someone is hyped up after watching Thugs of Hindostan
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    What is it like to travel in PAKISTAN.. by Mark Wiens

    Oh ok. Never mind. Sanjiv Sanyal is actually an economist currently working for the government. However he has written a lot of history books. I read one recently where a lot of the things you mentioned are stated like the saraswati river which is not actually mythical but probably a river that dried up over the years. Also the Deva and Asura and how it is reversed in Zorasstrianism for who the good guy and bad guy is etc. thats why I asked
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    What is it like to travel in PAKISTAN.. by Mark Wiens

    Did you read Sanjiv Sanyal’s book recently :)
  22. There was a poster many years back here from Tamil Nadu who was very vocal about how TN cricket was run and ruled by Brahmins till L.Balaji broke the mould. Not sure how legit his argument was but looking in from the outside, he sounded convincing. I heard stories of class biases like Maharajas disrespecting their team mates from a lower class or Maharaja of Vizianagaram being condescending on commentary (almost doing what Manju did to Pant the other day ) to guys who were popular among the masses like Kunderan who was a soldier or something. Obviously Manju is just an idiot. Don’t think he has a class or caste bias.
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    Sam Curran what an all rounder

    That is because England doesn’t have to “force” a guy to play in the team as an allrounder just for the sake of it. They have Stokes,Woakes and Ali. In fact they have a totally opposite problem. Too many allrounders than specialists.
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    Sam Curran what an all rounder

    This thread was opened after his performance in Srilanka
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    Dhoni v Rahim - who has been better wk-batsman in tests?

    Firstly there is no category as a ATG keeper-bat. If that is the criteria and we put Dhoni in it, then we need to work our way towards inducting likes of Prior and even guys like Sarfaraz Ahmed and Kamran Akmal as 2nd tier ATGs lol. You are either an ATG keeper or you are an ATG allrounder. Gilchrist makes a case for being an ATG allrounder and on keeping skills alone having kept to Warne,McGrath,McGill,Lee,Gillespie etc etc on various pitches and being a safe keeper he makes the ATG keeper category as well. On Pure keeping skills Dhoni is not even as good as Mongia and More. As an allrounder we have all acknowledged he is Indias 2nd biggest MVP since Kapil Dev which makes him an Indian ATG handsdown. In ODIs as a lower order bat and add to that his keeping he is definetely a 2nd tier ATG with Gilchrist being the only guy in the first tier in that category. If you have an ATG attack of McGrath,Akram,Warne, Murali and Kallis or Ambrose in your line up, would you risk a keeper like Dhoni keeping to 3 guys who would create so many chances between keeper and skip? Or play it safe with someone like Dujon with Gilchrist being a shoo in of course.

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