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sandeep last won the day on October 18 2017

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  1. You have to take the guy's interview in the appropriate context. Its a cyclical thing - there are different factions that jockey for power within the PCB. And they take turns blaming the 'previous administration' for all that is wrong in Pak cricket. This guy is now making noise about "constitutional" changes in PCB bla blah, which is just another way to cement power for his faction. While he's doing that, he needs to make sure that he says the things that Pak audience wants to hear, regarding India and the dispute.
  2. If you can't distinguish between bilateral series, and ICC tournaments, then that's your problem.
  3. He's playing to his own gallery. As much as the Indian public wants to see Ind-Pak cricket, they also want to see Hafiz Saeed and Dawood Ibrahim extradited. Plenty of people support the principled stance to suspend bilateral cricket ties until Pakistan's "government" cleans up its act.
  4. Did Ishant get an IPL bid last year? not in the auction, but later on when some bowlers got injured. Bottomline, players who don't play LOI cricket for India are 2nd tier stars. Jadeja, Ash, Umesh, Shami - all of them want their shot at LOI cricket. Not all deserve it, but against a crap team like WI or Zim, let them have a few games.
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    Mohammad Abbas...

    Good start to his career so far. Let's see how he goes on from here. Even Ajit Agarkar took 50 int'l wickets quite fast. Faded away after that. How old is Abbas anyway? Legal age and real one?
  6. Its a decision to reward hard-working long format players with opportunities in the shorter format, which is way more lucrative. Put yourself in a players' shoes - how many of you would like to be saddled with a "test only" tag? Which could cost you millions in potential earnings?
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    Runs expectations in Aus (BorGav Trophy)

    I hear you, but I expect the pitches to be more bouncy and less benign than last time around. The usual Aussie roads will be too much in India's favor. CA have already started trialing the Dukes ball for FC cricket. I highly doubt they will switch to that just yet for int'l cricket. But I definitely expect the tracks to have more bounce.
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    Runs expectations in Aus (BorGav Trophy)

    Best series I have ever watched. Started as underdogs, ended with a drawn series that felt like it should have been a win. If DRS had existed, it well would have been. There were close to a dozen leg-before shouts that weren't given, against the likes of Langer, Hayden and Ponting - especially Langer and Ponting, who tended to fall over a LOT early in his innings. Veeru's blistering 195 at MCG has made me put being at the MCG for a boxing day India-Aus test match, right at the top of my bucket list. I've posted about the experience before - the stream for that 1st session of that test had a technical issue, so the only audio coming through was stump-mics. On the heels of a rain-affected draw, in a series where all of Aus expected India to just show up and roll over, the MCG test was supposed to be a 'back to business' test - where on a fast bouncy track, Brett Lee and co were going to rip apart the Indian batting. The first hour was filled with bouncers hitting helmets - both Chopra and Veeru copped a few. And then... :) One of my fondest cricket memories.
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    Runs expectations in Aus (BorGav Trophy)

    Nostalgia aside, I expect its going to be a quality contest. I'm leaning towards expecting the Aus tracks to not be concrete run-filled roads for this series. Just like SA and England amped up their home advantage, I expect Aus to double down on the one thing that is alien to Indian batsmen, and relative familiar to Aussie ones - Bounce. If you give neutral conditions to this Indian team, they will beat your arse. SA managed to squeak out a test series thanks to poor Indian planning, and a failure to press home the advantage in the 1st test, when Bhuvi had them 3 down for nothing. Similarly, if India had managed to score 20-odd more runs in the 1st test of the England series, I suspect that the final scoreline would have been radically different. The only thing that saved SA and England, were that the native bowler friendly conditions were super-amped up an extent that the home players familiarity with it managed to end up being the deciding factor. Australia can go 2 ways - the usual concrete roads, or super bouncy tracks. The former is less likely given that they will be missing 2 of their biggest home track bullies against us, and the fact that we are equally or more capable than their team of piling on runs and having a bowling unit that can be effective in such conditions, especially on the spin side. I think they will be putting their bets on bounce.
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    Runs expectations in Aus (BorGav Trophy)

    This thread has reminded me of something similar I wrote - 15 years ago before an unprecedented successful Indian tour down under. It was one of the first series I watched online, willow.tv was new back then, and the stream quality was excellent with zero ads.
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    Rameez Raja on Indian players vs Management

    For that, the team needs to put him in a position to succeed. And that's in the top 3 batting slots. Given the track record of how this team is being run, it aint happening.
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    Rameez Raja on Indian players vs Management

    They are trying to get in the huge market that is Indian cricket. Saqlain, Rameez - they all know how lucrative even one gig as a commentator can be when India is involved.
  13. I didn't bother reading OP's post beyond the title, because its a real dumbarse question. Answer: Because he's not good enough as a batsman. QED.
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    Same Team for 2nd Test vs WestIndies

    I guess you'd have to ask him. But he has followed it since he was given temporary ODI captaincy for a useless tour to Zimbabwe. Asked about it back then, he publicly said that if the 1st choice players are fit and available for selection, they have earned the right to play ahead of upcoming rookies. And that he doesn't believe in rotation for the sake of it. Like it or not, agree with it or not - and I very strongly don't - that's his publicly stated consistent policy.

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