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  1. sarcastic

    Marks for India

    Ishant had one bad match which is the 2nd test match ( where all bowlers were bad ). More over, he could not bowl in the 2nd innings of 5th match due to injury. So, it is effectively, 18 wickets in 8 innings, a pretty 2.25 wickets per innings which is good! More over, Ishant has picked the top order wickets and his wickets have setup the later on collapse (like the Pandy's 5 wkt spell). Please don't just divide wickets per matches and determine whether a bowler is top performer. A top performance by a bowler (especially a fast bowler) also includes when and what wickets he takes and how he helps the team perform better.
  2. If Rohit Sharma publicly acknowledged his disapproval for that picture, I will upvote him for that. Otherwise, where is the fight... just unfollowing does not mean they are fighting with each other...
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    Say sorry to Cheteshwar

    I see that there are lot of negative posts on Che Pujara and I am tempted to start this thread inspired by thread. We all know how Pujara was hyped as the next Dravid in his debut year after his recent heroics for Saurashtra and performance in the 4th innings chase vs Aus in 2010. Later on, he has indeed failed to capitalize/adjust in overseas conditions for the last many years except for the occasional blips such as Wanderers 2013. But, I think Che Pujara has answered all his critics in style by this match saving (or potentially match winning) performance today. Not to say his key role in the last test victory, Chesteshwar is proving what is made up of and how wrong all the detractors were in assessing him when he was playing those ultra slow innings. It is time his detractors apologize to Cheteshwar Pujara and recognize his irreplaceable position in the echelons on Indian test batting greats.
  4. Virat Kohli's press conference. https://www.cricbuzz.com/cricket-videos/32963/a-series-is-not-always-defined-by-the-scorecard-virat-kohli I would think that Kohli should not go in the lines of "Process is more important than results". OWN up your loss and move on. Do not repeat the mistakes and get the right results in the future.
  5. Keep it up Cook for an outstanding career!!! You even threatened the great SRT's records once creating furores in some Sachin Bhakts. Have a good career/retirement life outside cricket!
  6. sarcastic

    Why is Hinduism even classified as a Religion?

    I agree. The word "Hindu" (I believe 'Hindu' is a persian variant of Sindhu and 'Indus' is the greek variant) certainly is given by outsiders and it refers to a cultural identity of people living in Indian subcontinent (before Muslims were here). I also agree that there is no such thing as "Hinduism" in a way like those of Abrahamic faiths. It is just the Mughals and later the EIC/British Raj found it convenient to classify the cultural group as a religious one since they need one to keep their records. Today's "Hindus" themselves started self-identifying themselves as Hindus only in late 19th century or 20th century onwards.
  7. sarcastic

    Why is Hinduism even classified as a Religion?

    @ravishingravi ji, I agree that in Hinduism, there are no commandments like in Christianity or ayah's in Islam where there are rigid rules that are hard coded and SHOULD be followed. However, in practice, vast majority of the common Hindus are not as flexible in the understanding of dharma. I know of parents who will chide his child of an inter-caste marriage because that is "varna samkraman" and against the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita. So, this idea of flexibility is somehow forgotten and overtaken by casteism or dogmatism in general. The parents are more concerned from the backlash of the other Hindus in their own community who might disown them or chastise them for letting an intercaste marriage happen. But they will cover it up as if that is the teachings of the holy book. There is no verse in Bhagavad Gita that dissuades intercaste marriages but they will interpret it that way to suit their societal needs. I wish Hindus are all understanding and have the adaptibility in their day to day life and practice of "Advaita" in their real life. But that is far from today's Hindus. And finally, let us not cover this up saying Hinduism is good but some Hindus do not understand it and practice it incorrectly. Firstly, it is not some but many Hindus even in towns/small cities etc are not open-minded enough ( the feature that should be characteristic of ideal Hindus ). Secondly, the argument will be similar to muslims saying "Islam is good. It is some muslims who are misinterpreting Quran and becoming terrorists". Ultimately my point is, it is what happens in practice that matters and not what the so called "holy books" or "scriptures" talk about.
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    Say sorry to Cheteshwar

    It is ok if ppl questioned his place and made performance related criticism. But there are some posters who demean his many accomplishments in sub-continental pitches and have gone to hurl abuses on him despite his suitability of his temperament for test cricket. It is those posters that need to realize his true value to Indian test batting unit even in non-subcontinental conditions after this knock, a knock which put India in game and is preventing/saving from a certain series defeat in England.
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    Khaleel Ahmed is impressive

    Yes, it is only an IPL game and his figures are not that impressive either, but I see tremendous potential in this young lad. He consistently clocks about 140-145 ish and has impressive bounce. He can be groomed to be the answer for India's woes for lacking decent left arm fast bowling option in test/ODI setup.
  10. sarcastic

    Time is running out for KL Rahul

    Do not worry. There are three innings to correct himself. Even if he fails, there are easier series coming where he can stabilize his position with some good performances. Remember, he has his shot in this Australian tour.
  11. sarcastic

    What can we Chase ?

    They can chase up to 175-200 if they apply themselves. I won't trust them much if we need to chase above 225.
  12. sarcastic

    Shaw and Vihari should start practising

    Even now, we are in a touching distance of England score and the bowlers only have to repeat their first innings heroics and get a 4th innnings target of < 250. Then it is all up to the batsmen to make up the chase successful.
  13. sarcastic

    Why is Hinduism even classified as a Religion?

    Well, I have not delved into the specific details but at a high level I don't think there is not much doubt that Buddhism is never considered part of Vedic religion. That is the reason even during the time of Buddha and later, Brahmins wanted to disprove Buddha/Buddhists and many debates. This opposition to Buddhism was very much prevalent even during the medieval times of Adi Sankara, Madava etc. and went into 17th century Hindu scholars/gurus ( even Sada Siva Brahmendra expresses it in works such as Atma Vidhya Vilasam). Most modern Hindu teachers also do not disagree that Buddha did not accept Vedas/Varna Vyavastha but give reasons as to why he has to do that. My point is Buddhism is never considered as part of orthodox Vedic schools and Buddha is never spoken in the same line as Upanishad Rishis even if both of them seem to have expounded the same ( or very similar ) truth albeit in different language. Buddha has directly focused on the path of salvation for an individual and did denounce whatever he perceived as Dogma, superstition, unnecessary violence (during animal sacrifices done during Yagnas) and discrimination in the existing society (based on the Varna vyavastha) around him. It is these characteristics that make Buddha different from most other scholars of his time or times before him or after him. If Buddha has not denounced the Varna Vyavastha as we know it, he would not be different from one of the Vedic Rishis. There would not be that explicit need to classify his philosophy differently and debate and defeat that. IMHO, we should appreciate those important changes that Buddha wanted to bring at the level of individual as well as societal level and try to understand his philosophy/path and attain salvation. (Trying to not see the important things he explicitly brought will only lessen the special purpose of his noble birth.)
  14. sarcastic

    Why is Hinduism even classified as a Religion?

    I m not completely sure of other two, but Buddha has explicitly denounced the authority of Vedas and the varna vyavastha (i.e. what turned out to be today's caste system). Buddha's path is completely independent of any worship of any deity and his philosophy does not agree with any creator/sustainer/destroyer concepts. Buddha was somehow incorporated into Hinduism by some Hindu philosophers such as Adi Sankara by calling him as one of the 10 Avatars of Lord Vishnu but the Buddhist schools explicitly reject any such claims.
  15. Not in any world will BCCI do that...> That is too too idealistic to think of!!!
  16. Pandey is a very good player for ODIs. There is no doubt why he should not be there by 2019 WC.
  17. They could have done it right from test 1 by having him along with Nair. Shaw is in since Vijay is out. Makes sense here but not with Vihari though!
  18. Whats the point of Vihari when Nair is still around......
  19. 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!
  20. With Risabh Pant scoring a run more than Karthik ( in all four innings combined ), the pertinent question will Karthik need to be considered ever again even as a backup option in test cricket. It is not long since the toast of the nation innings ( vs BD in Nidahas final ) that Dinesh Karthik reignited hopes among Indian cricket fans for a second wind of his career. I think the wind has already subsided as far as test cricket is concerned. I do not see any point of persisting with Dinesh anymore. It is Saha and Pant with the former handing over the gloves to the latter permanently in 2-3 seasons.
  21. sarcastic

    Please drop Pandya to maintain Test cricket’s sanctity.

    Reminds all of us of the epic epic thread:
  22. sarcastic

    Please drop Pandya to maintain Test cricket’s sanctity.

    I have lot of respect for OP in many ways as a very well informed and analytical writer on this forum but I think Hardik Pandya has given a big phainty to him and all detractors like him. Hardik Pandya, you seem to be the outlier that does not fit the OP's description of an allrounder who matures by 25!!!
  23. sarcastic

    Is Hardik Pandya the next Kapil Dev for team India

    Time to admit that Pandya is proving his critics wrong even in the longer format and with ball!!! This Trentbridge test match will go down the memory lane of Indian Cricket Fans as Hardik Pandya's test match!!!
  24. I don't understand why ICFers n some other Indian fans bay for Pandya's blood. Look he uprooted Root first ball and brought India into the game big time! Dare I say, it is not far that a thread titled "Bow infront of Pandya" will come out on this forum.
  25. True that! But experts say that he is technically pretty good and naturally gifted. Off course there was a lot of talk about him as the next wk batsman until MSD happened to Indian Cricket. But for the latter, the former would have ruled the roost in all formats in the last decade or so. In a way we could say that, MSD happened to rescue Indian cricket from a captaincy/wk batsman void for team India in the 2005-2015 era.

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