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  1. OMG.. We are so terrible at this.. Coaches get replaced/fired at the behest of the team's best player/captain ALL the time in other sports without nearly as much drama. In the NBA for example, head coaches get fired less than 10 games into the season or if they cannot see eye-to-eye with the best player. This Kumble saga has now been dragging for more than a year now.. As far as I can know - Kumble was appointed coach. The team - and more pertinently its best player Kohli - clearly did not like his autocratic style. Kohli communicated his preference to the BCCI leadership and the BCCI took action by letting Kumble go. What is so scandalous about this? Was it slightly disrespectful to a legend like Anil? Maybe so. But even he did the classy thing by choosing to walk away without creating too much ruckus. But these worthless administrators keep harping on this endlessly, that too while the team is in the middle of a momentous tour in Australia.
  2. Ram

    What a classy test match pitch

    Peak Sehwag, Dravid, SRT, VVS would have easily scored 400+ against this Aussie lineup on this very same Adelaide pitch. Its not that the pithces are getting more bowler friendly, its just that batsmen are becoming progressively worse at constructing a test innings..
  3. Ram

    What a classy test match pitch

    True that - would not trust anyone in this Indian line up other than Kohli, Pujara (and maybe Rahane) to last an hour against skilled bowling on challenging conditions..
  4. Ram

    Is this the best bowling attack we've ever had?

    Having a hard time deciding which Indian attack is better. Combo #1 - Zaheer + Ishant + Sreesanth during 2008-2009, when we first captured the #1 position test rankings. Combo #2 - Present day - Ishant + Bumrah + Shami/Bhuvi. Really impressed with the way Ishant has progressed through the years.. His inswinger is flat out of the most deadly weapons against right handers in test cricket.. But boy-o-boy - 2007-2010 Zaheer and the dark art of reverse swing he perfected during that time was a sight to behold. The ball did whatever he told it to do at that time.
  5. Ram

    Let's talk Perth

    One change - Shaw in for Vijay.
  6. Ram

    What a classy test match pitch

    I absolutely loving the 200-300 innings score trends in test cricket these days.. This is what 10+ of T20 cricket can do to batsmens' defenses. :)
  7. I dont think I have been able to clearly articulate my thoughts here so far.. I know you have played your fair share of cricket.. How much energy do you think you would able to expend at the time of your delivery stride if your only constraint is that you have land your back foot within the two crease lines.. It essentially gives you a landing zone that is almost a metre long, as opposed to 1.5 inch think line that the bowlers have to work with today..
  8. Not really. If I want to see people run, I will tune into the track events at Olympics. Cricket is about Ball Versus Bat, not How much energy a batsmen has left to face the next ball after running 3 runs..
  9. Is this a trick question? Have you guys seen our lower order? Forget his bowling - which was above par at Adelaide - we need him for his batting down the order.
  10. Its not about the distance.. As an amateur medium pacer myself, almost all of my run is consumed thinking about my front foot landing as opposed to focusing on the delivery I want to bowl.. Obviously - The Pros will have much better muscle memory than I do and it would not be as big of a problem.. However, the essence of my point is this - We should unshackle our fast bowler friends and enable them to focus all of their energies/momentum on delivering the most penetrative delivery, as opposed to worrying about where they land their foot. I would not even mind if we changed the no ball rule completely so that the only condition for a legal delivery is that bowlers' back leg must land at some spot between the front and back crease lines. We can scientifically prove that the batsmen is at no greater dis-advantage if the point of release is 22 yards or 21.7 yards.. P.S; On similar lines - We should completely abolish running. Batsmen dont need to be endurance athletes. They just need to be able to See Ball - Hit Ball.
  11. If you give the fast bowlers the crease line, you could potentially unlock 3-5% extra effort/pace, which is good for world cricket.
  12. Ram

    The little Manjrekar in me

    Fair. Not to be pedantic, but recovering from being 40/4 is more of an Recapture-the-moment example, as opposed to seizing it.. My overall point(s) being - - This is the Worst Australian batting line-up in the last 30+ years. - An accomplished test side would have pummeled this Aussie team (just look at the results from the time when this Australian team toured South Africa earlier this year). - Not every win in Australia is created equal. Adelaide-2003 is on a completely different qualitative plane when compared Adelaide 2018. - If India truly wants to demonstrate that genuinely deserve the #1 ranking, they should win this series hands down and not eek out slender wins or worse, even lost a test or the series itself..
  13. Need to get this off my chest.. The bowlers union need to protest this stupid rule.. Does anyone realize how hard it is for a human - specifically of the fast bowler variety - to run in from 20m away at an average speed of 10-12 mph, stick your landing on a very constricted piece of real estate, release a 5.5 ounce projectile at the precise moment so that it lands in a desired location on a 22 yard strip, while also focusing on the wrist position at release AND keep keep half an eye on what the batsmen is doing?! And oh btw you have to do all of the above within a third of a second (or less). If the intent of the no ball rule is to ensure there is a minimum distance between the batsmen and bowler - which is fair - for Pete's sake can we atleast give the poor bowlers the width of the crease line as margin of error? Basically - if you have any part of your foot on or behind the line at the time of landing, it is a legal delivery.. if you overstep the line completely - it is a no-ball...
  14. Ram

    Gautam Gambhir retires

    One of the all time Indian greats! For a not-so-brief time period between 2009-2010, you had to get past Gambhir first if you wanted to defeat India. A selfless, total team player!

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