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Everything posted by sandeep

  1. BD win toss and elect to field. Defensive move, but sensible, given the shakiness in their batting away from home. Toyger fans are howling about Mushy's mistake, but I think that's because they over-estimate their own team. Captain knows better. I like the look of this pace bowler Roy - he went for a few runs already, but he looks the part. Don't know if he can put up consistent spells, but hits the deck. Hard to win tests if you are just going to depend on opponents making mistakes though. BD need to control the run flow, and then try and build a bit of pressure.
  2. Axcellent Fightback by Pakistan

    If it does happen, it will be quite funny - Poyzz went from "****, we can't get SL out" to "and we can't bat" to "bowling paavrhouz!" to "oh ****, our batting sux" to "that's right, Pakistan gonna win, we are the Brazil of cricket" back full circle to "wop wommmmmmmmp".
  3. This is the key issue. Why would any one invest their energy and time developing a game for test cricket. Forget about whether a Pujara or Ashwin deserves to be paid more. We need to think about the next generation. Why should a kid with talent bother trying to become the next Mitch Johnson, when he can just be Tymal Mills?
  4. Don't take it personally. Its just a metaphor. If you don't think test cricket has value, or its not important to have a strong Indian team for tests, then we are on different sides of this issue.
  5. No. You don't have to "suppress" the monster. You can milk it. This is the haraami BCCI babus being stingy, wanting to pay for the extra salaries by taking it from other players. BCCI has deep coffers. Its sitting on billions. You barely need a chunk of its interest income from money that is just sitting in banks, to pay for this. Why take it from players? If you want to institute salary caps, thats fine. But you know that teams are going to find creative ways to attract the top talent in the presence of salary caps. They are hard to enforce.
  6. If you are only judging value by the number of people watching, then porn should rule the academy awards and film festivals.
  7. Axcellent Fightback by Pakistan

    Still lot of runs left to score. But a good fightback by this pair. Top order must be kicking themselves, if they had batted with even a little bit of guts, they could have easily added another 30 odd runs if not more. And this game would be in the bag for the greenbros. I still think its 60-40 SL at this point. But admirable effort to get to that stage. 52/5 was 95-5 SL.
  8. Yes he did. Got a double century at Sydney IIRC. The wrong kind btw. We would have won that series if Parthiv hadn't muffed a vanilla stumping of Waugh in his "farewell" test.
  9. Ha ha ha ha ha ha!!! Let's all laugh at the padosis :)

    Come on. Can't blame us. You are getting blanked by the team we blasted 9-0 without breaking a sweat. in your own "home". Its aukaat recognition time. Thoda banter to bantaa hai bhaijaan.
  10. Yes, the idea is good. but paying for it by capping the earnings of young players is outrageous.
  11. Your best pace bowler averages 37 runs per test wicket in the last 2 years. Your second best is Wahab "one good spell every 3 years" Riaz. Your 3rd best is Sohail "huff & puff to fall down after 2 spells" Khan. If that's the best that factory can do, then its not much of a factory. This is what I mean by bravado. Look I don't want to give you crap when your team is losing 2-0 to SL at home. But let's be real. All countries have a handful of pace bowling prospects that look promising. For every Shaheen Shah Afridi, there are Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Ishan Porel, etc. And even if you somehow keep scraping by on the bowling end, your batting is in total deep $hyte. Forget reserves, even the current players are average at best.
  12. I think creating a mechanism to provide higher compensation to test players is good. Especially for test bowlers. Else why should bowlers work on their test bowling skills, where they have to bowl 5 times more overs, for 1/10th the pay they could get by playing in T20s? But the way this is proposed - robbing the young ones and phoren players, is wrong. Is the BCCI so short on cash that they can't take a few crores from its billions in earnings for this fund?
  13. You should have put up Jadeja or Wriddhiman Saha's stats in the last 2 years or so.
  14. Although by that logic, Sir Sri Moeen Ali is the greatest of spinners around, since he took so many wickets against us in England.
  15. The usual. Chest-thumping about some sort of parity in comparing the 2 teams, living in a delusional dream world about the "pace bowling factory". Head-to-head score etc etc.
  16. Talent watch

    Maybe not. But I'm saying that excess bulk is not advisable for pace bowlers, and only increases the likelihood of soft tissue non-impact injuries.
  17. Is that even in question. If the likes of Parthiv Patel or Robin Uthappa could have played for the greenbros, they would be country-level ATGs for them. Apart from Haris Sohail, none of the pakistan top order would make an India A team. Not even their flavor of the month - Babar Azam. That's not "banter", just harsh bitter fact. Azhar Ali has decent numbers, but he's gotten to play so long because of the TINA (there is no alternative) factor, he would never get so many chances competing with Indian batsmen.
  18. IIRC it was actually Kumble's idea, and Virat only endorsed it. But lets erase Anil Kumble's tenure from memory, even remove him from official photographs, soviet style. And the propaganda to glorify the current captain, Mr. Wrogn, can continue. Rukawat ke liye khed hai!
  19. Let's give our guys credit for handling the likes of Herath with a minimum of fuss.
  20. Man, for all the bravado that greenbro fans display on the interwebs, their batsmen sure bat like real poossies.
  21. You say that now. Nobody thought of Pathan as a "trundler" after his first tour to Pakistan. And for the first couple of years of his international career. Pak is not strong in batting, and can be kept quiet by bowling pacy short ones, which Pandya is good at. If he bowls the same stuff to a Warner, Finch or AB/Faf, he may well get tonked. He did go for a few runs against England at Eden IIRC. Pandya is a batsman who can bowl, he's going to have his share of trundlery thumpings. I hope he doesn't, but lets see. First 3-4 years of Pathan's career was quite decent.
  22. Talent watch

    He did bulk up quite a bit in the last few years, especially relative to his build when he first burst onto the scene. When you put on that much mass on a frame not pre-disposed to it, coupled with a fast bowler's workload - its a bit expected. That's why pace bowlers should try and avoid putting on bulk. Don't follow Akhtar's path. Look at the great windies bowlers of the past, or Brett Lee. or Mitch Johnson. Lean, wiry, hard dudes. Not inflated bulky buffaloes.
  23. Its easy to trash Irfan after the fact. Pandya will also have his days where he gets spanked. He went for 10 RPO in yesterday's T20 IIRC. We shouldn't be too judgy on bowlers for conceding runs in LOI cricket - the game is structured in favor of batsmen, and bowlers are liable to have their share of bad days. Thought just occured to me - for all the stereotyping of the vegetarian, dhoka faafda eating Gujjus - Gujarat has given us 2 of India's best pace bowling "allrounder" candidates. Gujju boys!!
  24. Kuldeep Yadav vs Ashwin Ravichandran in ODIs

    That is an excellent observation. This is the reason behind that celebrated stat that Ashwin doesn't usually strike right away, but starts taking wickets around his 14th over or so. For such a "smart" bowler, he really should figure out a way to find and maintain his rhythm quicker and more often.

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