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  1. May be the opposition underestimated them and were not as tight as they could have been vs a stronger team like India!
  2. What about Rohit> You seem to be silent on him.
  3. 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!
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    Is Hardik Pandya the next Kapil Dev for team India

    BUMP and added a poll to this thread. Hardik Pandya has proven himself to be very valuable to team India. His quickfire 45 and an early wicket adding to Shami's blows has eased up the match for team India.
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    India. Pakistan. Chennai. 1999

    Tendulkar had brought India as close as he could. India needed 16 runs to win when he got out. "The tail should have got those runs and finished the match for India" says many experts including Anantha Narayanan from CI. Fair point I will say, a mearge 16 runs....
  6. Sad to see South Africa loosing the pink ODI!
  7. Koffee With Karan 6: KL Rahul confesses his crush for Malaika Arora on Karan Johar’s show First time in six seasons of Koffee With Karan, Karan Johar will be hosting Indian cricketers Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul. (Source: Karan Johar/Instagram) On Koffee With Karan season 6, Karan Johar is all set to host cricketers KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya in the upcoming episode of the talk show. This is for the first time when the Karan Johar’s show will host cricketers. From embarrassing dressing moments to Bollywood crushes, the duo revealed it all on the coveted couch. KL Rahul reveals his most embarrassing moment from the dressing room KL Rahul was asked about the most embarrassing thing done in the locker room, to which he replied, “It was difficult to see half – naked cricketers roaming around in the dressing room.” He further revealed that in Karnataka, the dressing room etiquettes are diligently followed. “Coming from the team of Karnataka, from the south of India, we don’t do that,” Rahul quipped. KL Rahul doesn’t want everyone to know his real self. KL Rahul’s friends revealed a new side of the cricketer. He has a totally different image and that is of a ‘good boy’. His friends revealed that he was very good in class but once he left the class he was the most notorious, “KL jaisa dikhta hai shant, ekdum gambhir but he is not the same off the field (KL looks calm and serious on the filed, off the field he’s not the same)”. Later, Rahul pitched that he takes time with people and opens up once he know the people really well. He also said that he doesn’t waste time and energy on everyone, “I don’t want everybody to know the real me”. KL Rahul confesses his crush for Malaika Arora. During the show, Karan Johar asked the two cricketers about their crushes. In response to KJo’s question, KL Rahul confessed his crush for Malaika Arora.
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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.
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    Say sorry to Cheteshwar

    BUMP. No better moment than this to say "Jahapana, Tujhi great ho... Toofa kabool karo" to Pujara by all the doubter like in this scene.
  10. I would say, he is easily top 20 ( or probably top 15 ) of all time to play for team India in terms of pure talent. Saying "Mumbai Indians" is an understatement or inaccurate IMHO.
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    Dhawan is A+

    If Pujara deserves A+, probably Rohit and to an extent Dhawan do too... I am not claiming that either of them deserve by themselves, but if a player is considered valuable based on absolute performance in one format (like Pujara in tests), the other two can also stake claim!
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    South Africa the only unconquered fortress

    @Gollum what are your comments about this>>> Should we be a proud nation now only SA remains unconquered or what team India has achieved is no big deal!
  13. Rohit Sharma is not that bad in some kind of pitches. His LOI exploits will always put him in contention for a test spot.
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    RIP Ramakant Achrekar

  15. sarcastic

    Will Aus bounce back at Sydney?

    Whether Australia will bounce back in Sydney is not much of a matter. India has already done very good job and registered two wins... That's tremendous achievement. They cannot loose this series and retain the Border Gavaskar trophy. This in itself is sufficient to hearten the Indian fans hungry for success in SENA. 3-1 will be unbelievable but 2-1 is also good enough for most!
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    Say sorry to Cheteshwar

    I think all the detractors here have been silenced and they all now acknowledge value of Cheteshwar. It is high time he deserves respect like the likes of all time great test batsmen coming from India.
  17. "The four overs actually keeps you at your best, you are bowling the yorkers, bowling the variation and playing under pressure. " © BCCI MS Dhoni has been there, done that. The 37-year-old had captained the Indian side to the 2007 World T20 and 2011 World Cup triumphs among various other significant wins. With such vast experience of leading the side in big-ticket events, the former India captain will certainly be Virat Kohli's strongest ally when the 2019 World Cup kicks off in England in May next year. While the World Cup is still five months away and India will have 13 ODIs to prepare themselves for the event, Dhoni on Friday prescribed how Kohli's boys should approach the games mentally. "What will be crucial for us is to play the World Cup like a bilateral event. We shouldn't think of it as the World Cup," Dhoni said during a Star Sports chat show on the sidelines of a book launch here on Friday evening. The other panelists on the chat show included former India captains Kapil Dev, Rahul Dravid and Anil Kumble along with N Srinivasan. The wicketkeeper-batsman also charted the roadmap for the training programme of the bowlers and batsmen. He feels that it will be important to keep the bowlers injury-free. "Keeping our bowlers injury free is important. If you rest them, the first thing commentators say is they are rusty, and if you make them play, then is he not too fresh. So we have to find that fine balance even though it might be a bit difficult to manage," said Dhoni. Former India coach Anil Kumble feels that fast bowlers should consider skipping the IPL, which is scheduled to get under way in March next year. "One of the most important parts of preparation will be keeping yourself (players) fresh as there is a lot of cricket coming up from now till the start of the World Cup. "Maybe resting some of the top bowlers in a few of the IPL games is an option. Even though franchises might not like that or want to rest them, it has to be considered for India's sake," Kumble said. Dhoni, though, differed with Kumble. In fact, he feels IPL could be an ideal platform for bowlers to get in shape. "Bowling four overs won't make you tired. The four overs actually keeps you at your best, you are bowling the yorkers, bowling the variation and playing under pressure. I feel the bowlers can still play the whole of the IPL but what they need to manage is what they eat, when they sleep and wake up. "I would like them to be at their best when it comes to the skill factor. I always felt IPL was the best time to get in shape because I had a lot of time. I was playing only three and a half hours every third day and it gave me time to spend in the gym," Dhoni said. A major concern for India is the form of middle-order batsmen. In fact, the Indian middle order also has an unsettled look. Dhoni said that India need to find a way to test their middle order batsmen. "Our top order has done very well in limited overs since 2015 and not many chances were given to middle order. So one of the crucial things will be what we can do so that our middle order also gets a chance to bat. You want the entire team to perform well," said Dhoni.
  18. Hmmm.... during that Kerry packer stuff!!! Does not count as a real! However, they have an opportunity to do that in this series!
  19. When was that Ind got two test wins in same series in Aus?
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    Celebrating 2011 world cup win

    I think you are unduly harsh on Imran Khan while talking all right things about Desis in your last post and this post. This is not about individual brilliance but Imran was a tremendous leader ( may be the best in Cricket from sub-continent ) who has inspirationally led a bunch of talented but hacky n wayward individuals to world cup glory. Yes, if this happened to other sport, nobody would have elevated him that much. But he certainly knew how to tame bunch of emotional fools like the Pakistanis!!! His charisma and leadership abilities are other worldly!
  21. Shami's first wicket in the spell came when Australia is leading by a whopping 235 runs.... It is like saying, the opposition is 350 runs ahead and the bowler has picked all six wickets in an over..>> is that really useful when the target is already unchaseable.... What is the use of that spell when the match is almost out of the hands... It will merit a discussion when the opposition is yet to run away with runs...
  22. KL Rahul deserved one more chance. Even, Hanuma could have been persisted with!
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    he's back

    Welcome back, Gollum! Nice to see you again!
  24. From a tyro to an old warhorse - Ishant's Perth return R Kaushik • Last updated on Wed, 12 Dec, 2018, 06:14 PM Share Tweet From being the tyro in a sea of virtuosos in 2008, Ishant Sharma is today the senior statesman of the bowling unit © Getty It was a blisteringly hot Saturday morning in Perth, the mercury flirting with the 40-degree Centigrade mark. It was a day when the public address system repeatedly urged spectators to help themselves liberally to the skin cream available free of charge at various vantage points. It was also a day when the stands were, paradoxically, packed at the iconic WACA ground, a day when India made historyby becoming the first Asian side to drive Australia to their knees at their fortress. It was the 19th day of January in 2008, the scheduled fourth day of the third Test of an acrimonious series that had almost been shelved at the halfway mark following Monkeygate, and the ugly resultant fallout. Australia had lorded the first two Tests at the MCG and the SCG, helped along by dollops of fortune and some of the worst umpiring ever in a single Test match, on conditions more sub-continental than home-bred. Perth, and the juicy WACA, lay in wait. "We beat you at your own game, we will school you at ours," was the understated threat when the teams assembled at the WACA, Australia already counting the gains of another home series win against a team rapidly becoming their closest competitors. It was the day when Ishant Sharma, then making just his fourth Test appearance, made the world sit up and take notice. He had already offered glimpses of his potential in the first innings with two for 34, but his association with Perth was solidified in the second, when he returned what on the face of it are largely unremarkable figures of one for 63 from 17 overs. In isolation, those numbers mean little. After all, Irfan Pathan finished with three for 54, and there were two wickets apiece for RP Singh, skipper Anil Kumble and Virender Sehwag, as India stormed to an emotional 72-run victory on setting the hosts a target of 413. And yet, it was the one wicket Ishant snaffled, and the magnificence of the effort preceding the strike, that stood out that Saturday. That sweltering Saturday. Already in the first innings, Ishant had gobbled up Ricky Ponting, the Australian captain, caught at third slip by Rahul Dravid. He had the skills and the nous to get the virtuoso once. Could he do it again in the same match? Less than 48 hours later? Yes, and yes, as it turned out. Australia resumed the fourth morning on 62 for two, with Ponting and Mike Hussey at the crease. Predictably, it didn't take long before Kumble turned to his teenaged tyro, and Ishant didn't disappoint his captain. For seven overs on the trot, Ishant made Ricky Ponting appear a pale shadow of his normally imperious self. His seam position was exemplary, and he reduced the Australian captain to a bundle of tightly stretched nerves with a severe working over, rapping him on the knuckles through extra bounce and forcing him to poke and prod outside off-stump with nervous feet and a pounding heart. For seven overs, Ishant bowled his heart out. Cricket, cruel cricket, doesn't always reward effort; a wicket remained elusive. It was no surprise that Ishant was crestfallen when Kumble prepared to rest him in the searing cauldron, with his thoroughbred seemingly on his last legs. Then, dramatically like in the movies, Virender Sehwag sprinted up to the captain's ear. Now, while Kumble's relationship was Ishant was no more than eight months long, Sehwag obviously knew his Delhi mate much more intimately. "Ponting strike pe hai, Ani bhai. Usko ek aur over do (Ponting is on strike, give him another over)," Sehwag told Kumble, the monologue captured by the sensitive stump microphone. Kumble, understandably sceptical, checked with Ishant, "Ek aur karega (will you do one more?)." "Haan, karunga (yes, I will)," was the high-pitched grate from the wiry lad. Nothing Ishant will ever do in Australia can match that nine-over spell of such sustained hostility and aggression on a cloudless Saturday morning at the WACA © Getty Perched in the media 'overflow' area that was totally exposed to the elements, sweat pouring down our faces and heads throbbing as the sun beat a tattoo on our helpless skins, we eased a touch forward in our seats as Ishant bounded in for the first ball of his eighth successive over the day. It was a beauty, dangled tantalisingly in the corridor; like moth to flame, Ponting's willow was drawn magnetically to the blasted little orb. The ball missed the centre of the bat, caught the outside edge and flew gently towards first slip and the warm, welcoming, grateful hands of Dravid. Oh ye cricketing Gods, sometimes you can be kind too. Ishant has come to Australia three times since for Test tours alone, and played one further Test at the WACA, but nothing he will ever do in this county can match that nine-over spell of such sustained hostility and aggression on a cloudless Saturday morning which had superstars like Ponting, Hussey and Andrew Symonds scurrying for cover. It was stuff 19-year-olds dream of; Ishant's dream had turned into reality, fuelling an Indian resurgence that went a long way towards getting rid of the bitter aftertaste of the unpalatable dish Sydney had thrown up ten days previously. It's impossible that Ishant would not have recalled that passage of play, or Kumble's deep 'Ek aur karega?' utterance on Wednesday (December 12) afternoon when the Indian team trooped out to the WACA for an optional net session ahead of the second Test from Friday. The game will be the first Test at the swank new Perth Stadium which is separated from the WACA by the Swan River, but the teams practiced at the WACA two days out because the new venue, built at a cost of $1.6 billion and costing every Western Australia household $1500, wasn't available for nets. Ishant and Jasprit Bumrah, two of the three pace-bowling cogs in the uber successful wheel at the Adelaide Oval where the visitors posted a stirring 31-run win on Monday, came to the ground not so much as part of the net session as to use the gym facilities at the WACA. Ishant was his typically boisterous self with a chirp here, a chatter there, the young man in an otherwise battled-grizzled veteran surfacing from time to time. From being the tyro in a sea of virtuosos in 2008 - among Ishant's team-mates, apart from Kumble, Dravid and Sehwag, were Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman and Sourav Ganguly - Ishant is today the senior statesman of the bowling unit. The mentoring role that Zaheer Khan once performed with such remarkable felicity and of which Ishant himself was once of the beneficiaries has now fallen on his broad shoulders, and he isn't a shabby leader for the likes of Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Hardik Pandya and their ilk. Aside of the golden generation which tasted Test wins in Australia in 2003-04 and again in 2007-08, Ishant is that exclusive club of Indians who have been involved in more than one Test victory Down Under. He is on his fourth Test tour of Australia - no other Indian paceman has managed that thus far - and is the second senior-most member of the Test squad behind Parthiv Patel, having made his debut against Bangladesh in Dhaka in May 2007. He has a seven-for in a Lord's Test, and a fair few other laudatory efforts in the last decade, but it is his heroics at the WACA, the graveyard often of bowlers from the sub-continent who get carried away by the pace and the bounce, that will forever define his career. The aura around the WACA in an era past was gargantuan. It was as if tiny gladiators from India had been thrown to hungry lions in the Colosseum, their spirit willing but their best not good enough, the impact magnified manifold by excited commentary and spectacular pictures on television snatched between bites of breakfast before college or work. Australia seemed to take particular delight in bouncing out and bruising teams from Asia in the cauldron of the WACA and the amphitheatre of the Gabba in Brisbane, at one time the spiciest tracks in the country. WACA was war. WACA was the home of Lillee and McKenzie, of Alderman and the Marshes Geoff and Rod, of Hughes and Inverarity. WACA was where the battle cry was sounded, the bugle blown, the medics placed on stand-by. Ishant had played his part in the conquest of the WACA, in conquering the snarling, growling, circling Aussie lion. As victories go, and especially in light of what had happened in Sydney, there have been few sweeter ones. As he sets foot on the Perth Stadium outfield at Kitchener Park on Friday for his 12th Test match in Australia, Ishant will look wistfully in the direction of the WACA, and recall how a one-wicket spell thrust him into the limelight. For a moment then, he will forgive his unfortunate and recurring dalliances with the popping crease, and a generally unfulfilled career that has still brought him 259 wickets in 88 Tests. After all, it's not often that claiming a solitary scalp becomes folklore stuff. Not, of course, unless the bowler is Ishant Sharma, and the rabbit transfixed by the headlights answers to the call of Ricky Ponting. https://www.cricbuzz.com/cricket-news/105592/from-a-tyro-to-an-old-warhorse-ishants-perth-return

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