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  1. Over: 34.5 Karn Sharma 2(10) ct Henry Nicholls b Todd Astle, India A 217/7 @Paytm #IndAvNZA As I had expected. Collapse starts.
  2. WICKET! Over: 32.1 Shreyas Iyer 90(73) ct Scott Kuggeleijn b Todd Astle, India A 210/6 @Paytm #IndAvNZA Don't think IndA can manage rest of the runs with the personnel they have. Poor effort I would say.
  3. We have CA site and ECB site showing the video streaming of the A matches. Why can't BCCI do anything? And why don't any media scribe cover it?
  4. IndA 161/5 in 25 overs. Iyer : 56 n.o. Bawne : 34 n.o. Both have SRs above 100. But top order crumbled. Reason? No one will tell us.
  5. India A team's tour of South Africa

    SA A has 2nd bonus point win the series as they defeat AfgA by 164 runs by dismissing AfgA for just 172 after scoring 336/5. As I said matches between IndA and SA A will matter only and IndA needs to improve their performance.
  6. India A team's tour of South Africa

    Can't judge players against the performance of AFG A. Would have been terrific had AUS A been here. But now only SA A matters.
  7. Kohli captaincy thread [After Kumble fall out saga]

    Agenda? What agenda the fans can have against Virat Kohli or any other cricketer?
  8. Kohli captaincy thread [After Kumble fall out saga]

    Kohli's captaincy and selection of team was questionable in the ODI series and one off T20 match this July 2017. This was a perfect opportunity to try young blood in this inconsequencial series but he was afraid to take risks and hence this defensive thinking in captaincy too made Ind lose an ODI as well number 9 ranked team.
  9. Anti Virat Kohli Club

    Kumble resigned. I'm very upset. Don't think it's entirely Kohli's fault, but now the onus is on him to keep India as number 1 ranked test team.
  10. Team for Windies series

    Need to find a replacement for Yuvraj ASAP. Don't think he'll last till 2019. Jadav is a poor fielder. Need to identify an explosive finisher at #6 too. Then we need a back up keeper-batsman too. Apart from those, need to groom a wrist spinner, a seamer, preferably left arm seamer (Is there any?) for variety. The names you have mentioned above, I'll add Thakur and Pant.
  11. But you tell me what is India's problem in playing the Boxing Day test in SA this year? Are they playing somewhere else? Do they have to confirm their own home series year too? If so when? I am unaware of this development. Please tell me.
  12. Why even bother with domestic cricket?

    ICC tournaments are the tour where you would experiment. Here only tried and tested players can be chosen. It was the flaw in schedule of India that not many ODIs were played before ICC CT. Hence planning was not perfect. But based on the result, I suppose the planning for WC 2019 will start from now as grooming for young players will take at least 2 yrs and I'm sure Yuvi etc won't last for 2 years. In that case India needs to earmark one young player for each spot before hand and give them international exposure and then choose the best squad for the climax. But I agree that India won't win this CT.
  13. Kohli's form - Should we worry yet?

    Now that RCB are eliminated completely should Kohli be rested so that not only his shoulder gets ample rest, but he recharges himself mentally too?
  14. India's likely 15-member squad, and why Amidst the Indian Premier League (IPL) hullabaloo, teams have begun to prepare for the Champions Trophy that starts on June 1. Australia, South Africa and Bangladesh have already announced their 15-member squads for the eight-nation tournament. In the coming days, we will have more. The 10th edition of IPL has opened up the competition for slots in the Indian team, as the Indian selectors face a happy headache to choose from a pool of exceptional cricketers. While IPL is a good platform for form indication, the conditions in England, in the month of June, will altogether be a different challenge. Usually the stars of the IPL and the preceding domestic season are rewarded with national caps in Zimbabwe tours, but Champions Trophy is no experiment ground. India enter the competition as the defending champions and despite the IPL brilliances, the national selectors may still go ahead with the tried and tested. India will open their Group B campaign against archrivals Pakistan on June 4 at Edgbaston. However, the Virat Kohli-led side will play two warm-up games at The Oval in London before the tournament commences. India, ranked fourth in the ICC ODI Rankings, will face the third-ranked New Zealand on May 28 and two days later, take on neighbours Bangladesh. With just over a month to go for the Champions Trophy, let us look at the probable 15 who will represent India at the event. Openers: Rohit Sharma: Despite his indifferent form of late, Rohit has established himself as one of the most destructive openers in ODIs. A fit Rohit is a certainty in limited-overs cricket and in all likelihood he will don the opener’s role. ODIs: 153 | Runs: 5,131 | Ave: 41.37 | SR: 84.43 | HS: 264 | 100s: 10 Shikhar Dhawan: With concerns over KL Rahul’s fitness and with Ajinkya Rahane not making his chances count, Dhawan emerges as the top candidate to open with Rohit. The left hand-right hand opening combo has been destructive for India in the past and to Dhawan’s advantage is the fact that he boasts a tremendous record in ICC tournaments. With 363 runs at 90.75 and with a strike rate of 101.39, Dhawan was the best batsman of Champions Trophy 2013 in England. It was a tournament that India ended up winning. What also helps his cause is the fact that KL Rahul may not be available for the tournament. ODIs: 76 | Runs: 3,090 | Ave: 42.91 | SR: 89.95 | HS: 137 | 100s: 9 Middle-order: Virat Kohli: This will be Kohli’s biggest challenge as India’s captain. He is relatively new as the limited-overs skipper and will be under immense pressure to defend the title. Adding to this, being the side’s best player, his personal form will be the key to India’s fortunes. Bring on the pressure; Kohli is known to thrive under it. ODIs: 179 | Runs: 7,755 | Ave: 53.11 | SR: 90.76 | HS: 183 | 100s: 27 MS Dhoni: He may not have set things flying in the ongoing IPL but the former captain still has a lot to offer as the side’s key batsman in the middle-order. His under-pressure knocks against England earlier this year have given the fraternity glimpses of what Dhoni has still to offer as a batsman. His guidance will be important for Kohli and not to forget his prowess behind the stumps, especially against the spinners. ODIs: 286 | Runs: 9,275 | Ave: 50.96 | SR: 88.98 | HS: 183* | 100s: 10 | Dismissals: 363 Yuvraj Singh: Kohli has thrown a lifejacket to Yuvraj’s sinking international career and the experienced stalwart has responded to his young captain’s faith with a couple of crucial knocks during the England series. Dhoni and Yuvraj have set up many wins for India in the past, and with them in the middle-order, it seems the time has transported us to the good old 2000s. Yuvraj has a knack of scripting fairy tales. World Cup 2011 was one. Can he help India defend the ODI cricket’s second-most coveted trophy? ODIs: 296 | Runs: 8,539 | Ave: 36.80| SR: 87.64 | HS: 150 | 100s: 14 Wickets: 111 | Ave: 38.45 | Economy R: 5.10 | BB: 5-31 | 5w: 1 Kedar Jadhav: The names of Suresh Raina and the uncapped Nitish Rana will be discussed for sure but Jadhav has been one of India’s finds in recent times. To slip into Raina’s role will be a tough task and Jadhav has not played enough cricket in conditions that England will present. He can act as a back-up wicketkeeper and not to forget: he can chip in with useful off-spin. However, Jadhav’s primary role in the side will be that of a finisher. ODIs: 15 | Runs: 468 | Ave: 58.50| SR: 121.55 | HS: 120 | 100s: 2 Wickets: 6 | Ave: 23.50 | Economy R: 5.22 | BB: 3-29 Manish Pandey: Between Pandey and Jadhav will be the toss-up for one slot in the XI. Right now Jadhav is ahead in the race but Pandey too has been in a rich form in the IPL. Pandey possesses right skills to fit into a No.4 batsman and if needed, can finish the innings with great authority. In Pandey, India have a good back-up option. If Yuvraj, Jadhav or Dhawan suffer from indifferent form, Pandey will be the one slipping in to either of the boots. ODIs: 12 | Runs: 261 | Ave: 43.50| SR: 96.30 | HS: 104* | 100s: 1 All-rounders: Hardik Pandya: The Baroda all-rounder has managed to fill-up a long-time gap in Indian cricket. A quality pace bowling all-rounder is a rarity in Indian cricket and Pandya has shown promise so far. In English conditions, his pace and ability to move the ball with come handy. Not to forget, Pandya can tonk the ball to distance and has proved his prowess down the order. ODIs: 7 | Runs: 160 | Ave: 53.33| SR: 119.40 | HS: 56 | 50s: 1 Wickets: 9 | Ave: 25.93 | Economy R: 5.80 | BB: 3-31 Ravindra Jadeja: He can’t put a foot wrong these days, can he? Jadeja will be the side’s primary spinner in the tournament. In the previous edition of the Champions Trophy, Jadeja exploited the English conditions better than anyone else did. He finished with 12 wickets at 12.83, and his economy rate was a mind-boggling 3.75. Jadeja’s ability to bat will only add to the batting depth of the side. And not to forget his fielding, which is the best in the side. ODIs: 129 | Runs: 1,888 | Ave: 32.00| SR: 85.54 | HS: 87 | 50s: 10 Wickets: 151 | Ave: 34.68 | Economy R: 4.88 | BB: 5-36 | 5w: 1 Spinners: Ravichandran Ashwin: Ashwin was one of India’s stars in their Champions Trophy triumph in 2013. He may not be the first choice spinner in limited-overs at the moment but Ashwin and Jadeja have been a lethal combination for India. If India play two spinners, Ashwin and Jadeja will be the first choice. ODIs: 105 | Wickets: 145 | Ave: 32.37 | Economy R: 4.91 | BB: 4-25 Amit Mishra: Highly underrated and unlucky, Mishra has been India’s best spin bowler in recent times. He got a five-for in the last ODI that he played before making way for Ashwin. Mishra’s wrist spin will add variety to the attack and present Kohli with an attacking option. Selecting Mishra could go on to be a masterstroke. ODIs: 36 | Wickets: 64 | Ave: 23.60 | Economy R: 4.72 | BB: 6-48 | 5w: 2 Pace brigade: Bhuvneshwar Kumar: The Uttar Pradesh seamer has displayed rich form of late and the English conditions are tailor-made for him. Bhuvi possesses the ability to move the ball in the air as well as off the surface. Bhuvi’s good form can be an asset for Team India. ODIs: 59 | Wickets: 61 | Ave: 39.62 | Economy R: 4.95 | BB: 4-8 Mohammed Shami: If he is fit, Shami gets to leads India’s bowling attack. He is one of the finest pacers India have produced in limited-overs. Shami’s consistency and seam presentation makes him special. He can move the ball at great speed. A fit Shami can prove to be the differentiator. ODIs: 47 | Wickets: 87 | Ave: 24.89 | Economy R: 5.54 | BB: 4-35 Jasprit Bumrah: He may be only 23 but his maturity level and intelligence has already placed him amongst the top contemporary bowlers. Bumrah’s strength lies in his death bowling. ODIs: 11 | Wickets: 22 | Ave: 21.68 | Economy R: 4.89 | BB: 4-22 Umesh Yadav: He has been India’s most improved cricketer this season. The fastest amongst all the Indian pacers, Umesh was India’s highest wicket-taker in the World Cup 2015 and played an important role in the side’s campaign till semi-final. Umesh’s ability to swing the ball at a good pace will be of great advantage. ODIs: 63 | Wickets: 88 | Ave: 33.69 | Economy R: 6.01 | BB: 4-31 India’s likely squad: Virat Kohli (c), MS Dhoni (wk), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Yuvraj Singh, Kedar Jadhav, Manish Pandey, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Hardik Pandya, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Amit Mishra, Umesh Yadav Knowing India’s way of slipping in an extra member, young Rishabh Pant may just make the cut as a back-up wicketkeeper. ----------- I will think of fitting Rahane somewhere as he is a mature batsman and the tournament is in England. Even if pitches will be flat, the conditions could be conducive to swing bowling.
  15. https://goo.gl/V5FCdj WHO GETS FLOWN IN? Pat Cummins returned to first class cricket for the first time in six years this week and could barely have had a more impressive audition for a potential call up. He bowled with impressive pace and got good bounce out of the SCG track, claiming 4-57 in the first innings and backing it up with 4-47 in the second. Cummins had a stunning Test debut as an 18 year old back in 2011, taking a six-wicket haul against South Africa. Injuries have plagued him since but he was ecstatic with his performance this week. “I absolutely loved the last four days,” Cummins said. “The only thing I was nervous about was trying to find that four-day rhythm. “The ball came out really well for me, and I felt like I was able to bowl pretty consistently. “I loved the challenge of coming back each day and bowling four days in a row. “It was a tough four days but really satisfied with the result. It was pretty much what I had dreamed about.” Speaking before news of Starc’s misfortune, Cummins was thinking ahead to a Test return for the Ashes this summer. “Hopefully at the start of next summer I can play the first couple of Shield games and hopefully push for a spot in the Ashes side, but for now I’m just happy to be back playing.” James Pattinson could also be in the frame. The Victorian has played 17 Tests in a stop-start career, with latest low coming when he hurt his back on the tour of New Zealand last year. Another contender would be West Australia’s Jason Behrendorff, who recently bagged 14 wickets in a match against Victoria and has 31 wickets for the summer at the ridiculous average of 15.90. South Australia’s Chadd Sayers, who was drafted into the Australian Test squad over the summer but failed to get a cap, would also be in the mix as the Shield’s leading wicket-taker with 50. HOW DOES IT SHAPE AUSTRALIA’S ATTACK FOR RANCHI? Darren Lehmann has much to think about in the next week before the third Test against Ranchi, starting on Thursday. The third paceman in the squad, Jackson Bird, has been unused through the first two Tests and could feasibly come in as a straight swap for Johnson. However as a steady right-armer, Bird’s role is similar to that offered by the world’s top-ranked quick Josh Hazlewood and would leave the Australian pace attack looking somewhat one-dimensional. Lehmann could also rush in whichever paceman is flown over to India in the coming days, or he could go radical. Depending on what pitch is offered up in Ranchi, the option to play with three frontline spinners could surface. It is not as outrageous as it initially sounds, with Australia reportedly tempted by that very option when they confronted the first Test wicket in Pune. On that occasion it was Hazlewood who would going to make way for a third spinner, rumoured to be Ashton Agar, but he will take over the top dog mantle for the rest of the series. Complicating matters is the injury to Mitch Marsh, who filled the all-rounder role for the opening two Tests and has a stronger reputation with the ball than the man flown in to replace him, Victoria’s Marcus Stoinis. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR STARC? This is not the first time Starc has suffered a stress fracture to the right foot, and it’s not a good sign for the 197cm quick. He suffered a similar injury in November 2015 during the inaugural day-night Test in Adelaide. He would go on to have surgery on his right ankle — which has also caused him enormous trouble over the years — and missed seven months of cricket. While that would be an absolute worst-case scenario, a similar recovery mission would not have him return for Australia until just before the Ashes at the end of the year. At this stage team officials remain optimistic they’ll have Starc available for the Champions Trophy in England in June. Starc also had surgery in 2013 to remove bone spurs from his right ankle. Injuries to the feet and lower limbs in general are never good news for people of Starc’s height. ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Massive blow for Australia this series, no doubt. Blow for spectators too who wanted to watch good fast bowling and good contests between bat and ball. I just wish Starc well and hope he recovers as soon as possible.

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