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  1. It is up to the two experienced players with impeccable domestic record who are in charge of taking team India to a winning position. It is their partnership that matters. Then after another wicket of RGS, team India will have the services of a young dynamite from Gujarat who can score some unconventional runs. Two hundred and fifty two runs stand ahead of team India to make a memorable test match. Can the triplet of P's do it for team India for once. I will change my siggy to something like "Gujarat is the best state of India for producing real winners" for a week .
  2. Ultimatum to Rohit Sharma

    Is it curtains for Rohit Sharma's test career now? Will he still continue to find a spot in the team?
  3. I think people are being too harsh on Pujara here... Granted he is a poor runner between wickets and it is a shame to be runout twice in a match, but let us be honest, he is far more valuable than say someone like Rohit Sharma in the middle order. He has that ability of an Akash Chopra to preserve his wicket on one end and let an aggressor take over on the other side.
  4. Ultimatum to Rohit Sharma

    You are soooooooooooooooooooooooooo sooooooooooooooo optimistic bro!!!!!!!!!!!! You will wake up and say, "That's it..... that's it for Rohit Sharma for test cricket for good................ I have supported him for long enough!!!!!!!".
  5. Kudos to Indian bowlers

    It is not just the bowling attack. The opposition batting is also not as strong as it used to be. Imagine an Austrlian batting lineup not able to chase 188 in subcontinent, that was very rare event. But it happened so often in the last couple of years. This SA batting line up may have big names such as Amla, ABDV and Duplessis but I will still say given their form etc. were inferior to the ones India had to bowl to in 90s and 2000's.
  6. Can P, P & P from Gujarat win it for team India?

    Why?????????? I was not bringing in regionalism... just being optimistic over the three Gujjus.... More of complementing them. and I will accept their non-performance like anybody else's.
  7. Karthik is not a bad option for test cricket but at least he is better than Pappu patel. Please remove that pappu guy from my sight....Goddam....
  8. Ultimatum to Rohit Sharma

    I used to have lot of hope but I think he is just not cut for test cricket. He has too many problems with being a potential candidate for LBWs /bowledout/ caught behinds. Such a person can never become a good test batsman unless he makes drastic improvement in his batting technique. He may have been unlucky with missing out on 11 odd tests in India from late 2016 or so but no one can help think that the boat has already sailed for Rohit Sharma the test batsman. It is sad thing to say but I think he should probably let a Rahane or a youngster to take over his spot and focus on LOI cricket.
  9. The all important ABDV.
  10. That will be sad if he does. Bhuvi does not deserve to be dropped after that performance. Bumrah is still raw and wait for his opportunities and Ishant can and should play ahead of him.
  11. Yeah. But Ishant deserves his chances after his improved performance in SL tests. Moreover, Bumrah cleared conceded that the they have to pitch it short and not up like they did. Ishant is a very good "hit the deck" kinda bowler and he deserves his chances ahead of Bumrah.
  12. The title should have been "Ishant's illness enables Bumrah to make test debut".
  13. Rahane deserves to play even the first test let alone this one. I would have understood Rohit's selection if and only if Rahane did miserably in the first test continuing his poor form and not the other way around. That is, Rohit failed and hence we will get back Rahane!!
  14. I would not have even tried Bumrah in the place of Ishant even in first test. The change is due since then. Glad it is happening now.
  15. Retreat of Islamic Empire and China

    You are right, the real political islamic caliphate ended with the demise of Rashiduddhin Caliphate in 750 AD. But the Abbasid Caliphate ( although only titular ) still held most of the Islamic world together. It is the demise of this caliphate that led to the final extinction of an Islamic Caliph ( something similar to that of a pope ). The Muhammad of Ghazini as you say used to pay his lip service to Caliph although strong himself. Irrespective of political aspects, Islam was a good thing to come to this world for those few centuries when the knowledge from ancient Greece to medieval India/China is all consolidated in one place from which the Renaissance did take the spark from.
  16. Retreat of Islamic Empire and China

    Islamic empire was devastated after the Mongols ran through them by destroying the House_of_Wisdom and there was no real islamic empire after that. There are some powerful empires such as Ottomans, Saffavids and the Mughals after that which are powerful until 1700s but stagnated or disintegrated later on. Islam was progressive in those years from 750 AD until 1258 AD but regressed due to so many factors, the most important being close-mindedness and political usage of religion. There are some excellent answers as to what to wrong with Islam in modern times here. China was not regressing after the Kublai Khans. It is more of stagnation and they were never really colonized by anyone until modern times. I would not think there are lessons to learn from Chinese demise at least until now. They were doing bad only in the mid-20th century and recovered spectacularly well after that.
  17. Everyone take a Chill Pill... We performed decently well.

    Spot on with those two points!!! Catches win matches as they say :-)
  18. The mention of Kapil Paaji in the same line as Hardik Pandya might make some of you very angry but I just cannot help with the sentence after witnessing his innings today. The aggressive lower order batsman who can tear through the best of the bowlers and who can bowl fast.... is so very rare and will definitely elicit comparisons with the greatest of the games and Pandya has done that today. Hardik Pandya has definitively silenced all the detractors by his innings today of any doubts they might have about his batting. People might say the conditions eased out, the edges flew in safe areas and whatever but his innings has cemented his need and usefulness for team India in all future tours. It is all about his bowling that he needs to improve upon and he will certainly join the club of world class allrounder of the likes of Sobers/Big 4 (botham, hadlee, kapil, khan) and Kallis. Pandya!!! The joy you bring to the hearts of Indian fans is immense... simply immense!!!!! Hats off to you!
  19. I will say, only one IF. Which is IF this match ends in a draw..... simple and straight. ( We already have only two days left and the 4th innings will not have Steyn bowling at our batsmen.) Then I will definitely give my vote for what @maniac was saying.. In the context of the game, Rohit's 1st innings has been vital. A collapse in the morning sessions yesterday means curtain for team India as SA would already have a handy lead of 300 by now and it is almost impossible to save this match. Now there is some chance but it is only an IF until it happens.
  20. Very good post! The unfortunate thing is you may be right with the bolded statement here. On the other hand, given that we have only two days of play left and no Steyn, such an application by all our batsmen ( I mean from Vijay, Shikar, Kohli and Pujara) may very well save this test match!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Common, it is coming out of a jail. IF that happens, then Rohit's 1st innings knock is indeed very contributing towards the eventual match result! What do you say?
  21. the WAGs

    Nupur seems happy her husband just picked his 4th.... And not to mention Anushka does not seem to be that lucky even after marriage We have to see what Ritika brings to Hitman tomorrow!!!
  22. How costly will that drop by Dhawan prove?

    For sure. Like I said, he started well in the morning and was doing the job until the drinks break. I was expecting that he will slowly get into the groove and start hitting boundaries. But alas, he just got out and I could see his dismissal coming given how he was playing in the last couple of overs. He simply did not know how to shift the gears in this innings and keep ticking runs. Let us see what he will do in his 2nd innings. The silver lining is he is paying price to the wicket and not throwing it but then he need to figure out to get runs on board too like he does in LoIs. Otherwise, he is not contributing much.
  23. For sure more than 50% of the balls bowled by him. He was consistently clocking in early to mid-140s.
  24. Can't depend on Shami.

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/8050/scorecard/1118702/bengal-vs-delhi-1st-semi-final-ranji-trophy-2017-18/ Yes, Tiwary does seem a Mujrim as Shami has outbowled everyone including the spinners..>>> Simply not acceptable from fast bowlers
  25. How costly will that drop by Dhawan prove?

    Rohit was not bad today! He played out most of the hard part of today which is the first hour when the ball was doing much. His 11 runs may not look like contribution but the partnership between Pujara and Rohit was very absorbing and has really set up the stage for Pandya. I completely agree with your point on Gabbar though.... Utterly atrocious of him dropping the match!

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