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  1. 25 minutes ago, Nate said:

    Gowtham has more support from Indian coach prasad to make it big.

    we need only 11 or 15 player in the team , so I do not think Washington still qualify for selection as opener just last seasons in his first 5 matches ranji his highest score was 40 only in 9 innings 

    Batsmen are not the problem with team India... bowlers are.... It is bowlers who can bat (with high S/R) that are very valuable for team India. The proper batsmen who can bow a bit can be considered but not that useful given our enormous batting talent. 


  2. 5 hours ago, Gollum said:

    Do you attribute Akbar's destruction of temples and massacre of Hindus to bigotry, politics or the Mongol DNA? We must remember that Akbar was controlled by his regent Bairam Khan till the age of 15/16, Bairam Khan took most of the decisions then. Then when Akbar was a mature adult, he did what any king was expected to do, destroy the enemies and strike fear in the hearts of potential opponents. This brings me to the question I raised in a previous post, was the cruelty in Chittorgarh because of Islam or was it a natural Mongol trait? We must understand how brutal the Mongols were. Genghis Khan wasn't a Muslim but I read somewhere that 1% of people on Planet Earth today are direct descendants of the Khan and his army, that shows how many women he and his troops raped in their conquests. Read about the Siege of Baghdad (1258), probably the most brutal massacre in human history. Forget soldiers, the Mongols even killed the animals, fishes, didn't even leave earthworms and plants alive after the siege. They destroyed all possible forms of life there and made it a desert. The House of Wisdom too was destroyed, marking the end of the Islamic Golden Age. That is how brutal these Mongols were. Babur was a Mongol, just one of the rare Mongols whose forefathers had embraced Islam. I don't think Islam made him cruel, it was the Mongol DNA. Mountains made of human skulls was a Mongol ritual, not an Islamic one. Babur and his descendants just happened to be Muslims. If the Mughals were non Muslim Mongols, in stead of jihad they would have found some other rallying cry. 

     

    I think Akbar was truly great in the sense that he changed as he grew older. He abolished forceful conversion of POWs, allowed Hindus who had been forced to convert to Islam to reconvert, abolished jizya and pilgrimage tax of Hindus, etc. He participated in Hindu festivals like Diwali/Rakshabandhan and embraced local culture with an open mind. As you rightly said, Din-i-ilahi was path breaking. He respected scholars from other religions and had many Hindus occupying high posts in his court. In fact Akbar turned vegetarian on the advice of the Jain monk Hiravijay Suri. After becoming a disciple of the Jain teacher Akbar banned cow slaughter in India. He also built a chapel in Fatehpur Sikri for his Georgian wife/lover.....this I read in an article in The Hindu. Akbar even built a huge 7 storey temple in Vrinadavan for his friend Mansingh but I think it was later demolished by Aurangzeb. 

    And add to that, Akbar also patronized great saints of his time. He ensured that the songs of Sur das are collated together and announced prize money for people who collect those songs. That's how we have "Sur Sagar", the collection of all songs of Sur das ji. 

    He even offered Tulasi das ji the position of one the ratna's (jewels which is like a top poet in his court) which Tulasidas declined. 

     

    Without many such harmonizing efforts of Akbar, Mughal empire could not have survived and thrived that strongly for so long after his reign. If his descendants were at least similar to him, the East India company could have never been able to capture the subcontinent like they did. The intolerance and cruelty of Aurangazeb eventually gave rise to the rise of Marathas and weakening of empire every where else and this gave ample opportunity for the rise of British EIC and eventually establishment of British Raj. 


  3. 23 minutes ago, goose said:

    i think it's time to call this out. there is a ridiculous amount of handshaking after a game of cricket especially T20. 

     

    EVERYONE shakes EVERYONE else's hand. 

     

    at a guess each player shakes hand with the other 10 players on his side, even if they lost, plus the other squad members, plus the coach and backroom staff, plus the umpires, the groundsmen, etc etc. then there are the dignitaries at the presentation. remember that's just the hand action by one player.

     

    this should be an interview question - how many hands are shook in a season of IPL?

     

     

    Actually, I think that makes a good question in JEE or some such entrance exam in the area of "Permutations & Combinations". 


  4. 10 hours ago, Rightarmfast said:

    Ishant is honestly way better than Amir. He isnt that useless.

    People on this forum are just short of tirades for Ishant Sharma but they just don't understand it is not easy to stay fit and play for so long for team India. He was not that productive in terms of wickets but he was quite useful for the captains for his workhorse attitude and "hit the deck" type of fast bowling. 


  5. 22 minutes ago, Vijy said:

    I wonder how many Rohit played before he found his groove.

    how does that matter.... Do you want Rahanae to be given as many chances to discard him...? Rohit got so many chances also because of chance.... That is he was an irregular player due to the constant breaks that SRT used to take from ODIs in his final years (2009-11). Only after SRT retired and Sehwag declined did Rohit started getting continuous opportunities....


  6. Ashish Nehra has been included in the side for the Australia T20Is after missing the one-off T20Is against Windies and Sri Lanka.
    Ashish Nehra has been included in the side for the Australia T20Is after missing the one-off T20Is against Windies and Sri Lanka. © Getty

     

    Ashish Nehra has been around for a long time, long enough to know what works for him and his injury-prone body. Success, failures, accolades, pitchforks - the left-arm paceman isn't a stranger to any of it. Now in the final laps of a noteworthy career, Nehra projects the same kind of relaxed confidence he's always had.

     

     

    Nehra's inclusion in the Indian squad for the upcoming Australia T20Is surprised many, mostly because he is on the wrong end of his 30s and the next World T20 is a good three years away. He last donned the blue jersey in a T20I series earlier this year against England, before missing the one-off T20Is on the tours of West Indies and Sri Lanka respectively.

     

     

    Speaking to PTI about his selection, Nehra expressed satisfaction at making a comeback. Happily oblivious to what critics have to say, he indicated that the only opinion which matters is that of the captain and the dressing room.

     

     

    "Who isn't happy if he is playing for India? I have never been bothered by criticism. The Indian dressing room knows what I bring to the table. The skipper knows it, the selectors know it. If I am in the team, definitely, I must be contributing something," Nehra said on Monday (october 2).

     

     

    The mention of social media got the veteran player chuckling. "I don't even know what people say about me on Twitter. Now people may have a notion that since I am not visible on social media and now that I am in the team, where was I during the period. Well, I was religiously following my training schedule, working on my fitness, doing my bowling routines.

     

     

    "Things you actually do to make a comeback.

     

     

    "Oh yes, people didn't know where I was but skipper Virat Kohli and chairman of selectors MSK Prasad were well aware of what I was doing," Nehra said.

     

     

    At 38, Nehra is probably taking it one game at a time. He even says as much when asked about his goals.

     

     

    "At my age, you don't set long term goals. I have been selected to play three games for India. I will take one game at a time.

     

     

    "Waise bhi Ashish Nehra accha karega toh bhi news hai, accha nahi karega toh woh aur bhi badi news hain (If I do well, that's news, if I don't do well, that's even bigger news)," Nehra quips.

     

     

    He points to his longevity and how he's kept going forward all these years. Playing for India - even if it means only a few more matches - it is something he still cherishes.

     

     

    "Come February, 2018, I will complete 19 years in international cricket. Save myself and Harbhajan Singh, I don't think there is any player, who made their debuts under Mohammed Azharuddin. There has to be some kind of motivation that keeps a sportsman going," Nehra noted.

     

     

    "And this stage of my career, I don't need to play for money. I have had 12 surgeries. Ask any sportsman, what it takes to recover from one and here I have been under the knife 12 times.

     

     

    "Still in the morning, when I wake up, I am keen to go for training. That's the motivation."

     

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    Is Ashish Nehra really slapping all the ICF pundits who are criticizing him/his selection in Indian team.

     


  7. 20 minutes ago, Texan said:

    Not exactly right. He played only a few matches, got 1unbeaten hundred and failed in other innings. 

    If we remove that one unbeaten innings, his average is < 30 (IIRC). That unbeaten 100+ is also scored in a low pressure situation, i.e. when the team is already doing very well and is in good lead over the opposition. 


  8. 23 minutes ago, Laaloo said:

    120 runs in 15 overs is easy peasy these days. If you cant chase that with that many wickets remaining and one threatening bowler in the opposition, you may as well start playing against minnows.

    Depending upon the opposition bowlers and conditions, it is not that easy. The good fast bowlers of Australia (Cummins, NCN and ) had a good chunk (11) of their overs left at 35th over mark. So, I did not have much hopes unless the finishers really do well. And there was a stupid rain break "breaking the momentum". 

    And there are no two words about it that Jadhav was as much or a bigger culprit than Rahane when he dotted a lot of balls from Zampa (who is Australia's weak link against India). 

     

     


  9. After 15 overs, 
    Aus   95 for 0
    India 85 for 0 AMRahane 48(56) and RGSharma 36(34)


    After 35 overs,

    Aus 231 for 1

    India 218 for 3

    So, essentially Australia's scoring rate was consistently better than that of India's but then India bowlers (i.e. Umesh et al) pulled back things a bit until 45th over and then Australia had relatively good finish. 

    No one denies that Indian finishers (Jadhav and Pandey here) were not up to the task in chasing but they had taken up greater burden because they still had to chase nearly 120 runs in the last 15 overs. That is a burden that most teams will not like their middle or lower middle to take in a chasing cause. 


  10. 3 minutes ago, WC2011INDIA said:

    Rohit throws away his wicket everytime after giving us a fast start. Hahane not capable of connverting his fifties. Good for only first 15 overs. Weaknesses showing up. No one can carry on till the end except Virat. Pandya needs to do what he does best.  

    Even virat cannot always carry the team to the target. We need more match winners to be a more consistently winning team. 


  11. On 9/26/2017 at 4:31 AM, express bowling said:

    Ishant Sharma has been included in the team to get match practice.

     

    Raina has not given him even 1 spell of 5 overs

     

    Captaing like a T20 match with 3 to 1 over spells for pacers.

    I don't understand why Ishant is still not used by Raina yet in the 2nd innings. Granted the first innings performance is not that good but it is high time to bring Ishant in. For all we know, once Ishant smells the blood he will simply run through the line up. India red has to be dismissed by a target of at most 320. 

    Raina is simply proving himself to be an unworthy captain... lol.... using only three bowlers until now (one is he himself). 


  12. 50 minutes ago, rageaddict said:

    Look at all the backward North East States with fertility rates of 3, 2.7, 2.6 and 2.4. The so called Progressive Indians. 

     

    Bihar as it is leading from the front   Masha Allah,  enriching every corner of the country with Hindu and Hindi culture since 1947. Lage Raho!!!!!!! 

    The total population of NE India (other than Assam) is very very less. The rates you see are from those and quite insignificant w.r.t. what they will add to whole of India. UP, Bihar and Jharkhand are of concern though. 


  13. http://www.cricbuzz.com/cricket-news/97268/ishant-sharma-to-lead-delhi-in-upcoming-ranji-season


    Ishant Sharma receives a lot of flak here on ICF despite being most experience workhorse for team India for nearly a decade. Granted he regressed as a bowler in India off late, but he has improved a lot in overseas conditions. Let us hope that Ishant gets his due and makes a comeback to team India after an inspired performance in this Ranji season. 

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