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  1. In T20I I will pick Nitish Rana over these two. Dude can smack the ball & bowl couple of overs if needed.
  2. We got no chance in Gabba but I guess we do have a shot in the D/N game. I hope Gill plays instead of Rahane & Kuldeep plays in the D/N fixture. He will be hard to pick under lights. But knowing lolli & Bewada it ain't happening.
  3. Well you are right but there is no harm in looking at the future. I think Shreyas is mentally stronger than KL so he should be first choice. I seriously doubt Rohit will be good enough till 2023 WC. Kohli will be on his last legs & is showing signs of regression. We can afford experiments against teams like Lanka Zim. However there is always an element of risk too.. Shreyas/KL might lose form as well due to added pressure. It can go either way. Knowing Indian cricket they will always go for safety first that means Rohit.
  4. It will be a great move. For a SL tour we should pick a team of new faces. Make Iyer or Rahul as captain.. Rohit is 33 so I don't think it will be wise to give him captaincy. Guys like Ishan Kishan Samson Nitish Rana Shaw Gill Padikkal along with Rahul & Iyer make a formidable line up. Hardik can also come back. Manish Pandey will be selected that is a given. In bowling Prasidh Siraj Bhuvi Saini( I want to see him in Tests though) + any other good pacer in domestic with Rahul Chahar & Ashwin( I know people don't like him but he is useful & cunning T20 bowler miles better than Sundar & is economical). So India can field a good 2nd string level side against teams like SL in their own den.
  5. India's recent record in SENA SA:We lost a golden oppmind ortunity in SA. Let's face it Eng :I think it is wishful thinking we could've won in Eng except Edgebaston test where we choked despite massive luck favouring us. Lack of genuine swing bowler hurt us. Lack of planning against S curran which was pathetic to see. Aus: Steve Smith & Warner's absence played a big part but we would have won MCG test regardless I think. Mayank & Pujara rose to the occasion. Bumrah was sensational. Aussie tracks suited his kind of bowling. NZ: Pathetic Criminal performance displayed by both batters & bowlers. Clean sweep was unacceptable. Again having no genuine swing bowler hurt India badly. We let their opening stand score too many. This ranking is justified as NZ won an away test series in UAE & drew in SL. While we won only one. NZ also has a dominant home record off late.
  6. Undoubtedly yes.. Kohli will be in his twilight during 2023. His performance graph is already dropping. KL Rahul will hopefully emerge as best batsman in the side & Iyer as a possible Captaincy material. Kohli needs to win at least one ICC Trophy to Lead Ind in 2023. I don't see that happening with bewada running things with him.
  7. In test cricket Rahane has to go & Gill has to play. I'd love to see Gill playing in Australia but not gonna happen. Ashwin is OK to play in India but in Australia Kuldeep any day over him & slowly phase Ashwin out with Nadeem or any other young spinner & give him next home season. U yadav - we will need for one series vs Eng next year & then dump him for good. Saini should make a debut in Aus & should play the Gabba test. In ODIs groom another opener possibly Shaw instead of Dhawan & I think we hopefully have seen the end of Jadhav so instead of him either try SKY or Nitish Rana( I prefer Rana coz he is a left hander & we desperately need one in Middle order team is so full of RHB) After T20 WC Phase Rohit out of the T20 team & give Pant an extended run as an opener or Ishan Kishan to utilize power play 2021 T20 WC is in India so we may need these kinda players. That being said Fast bowling is worrying sign we don't have any good left arm pace bowler & an express pace bowler in the wings who can clock 150 kph besides Saini.. So hopefully we find one.
  8. RCB has always been an average team. Just because it is led by Kohli it gets hyped up every now n then. Everyone knows about Kohli's piss poor captaincy. There is no rocket science to that why RCB struggles. In short there is nothing special about RCB.
  9. Absolutely Those guys who performed haven't been given a proper run. Kuldeep's 5fer in Aus was a big achievement for a spinner in his maiden inn in Aus where even Murali struggled. Iyer after impressing vs SL in 2018 & SA Odis was dropped for no reason. That saying Kuldeep needs to play Ist test in Aus this Aus summer or we got no chance.
  10. They should look to to play Hardik at 6 & as a 6th bowling option With Rahul & Iyer going strong in middle order. Jadeja at 7 & Bhuvi at 8 Saini at 9 r decent lower order bats. Kuldeep if plays can hold the bat & rotate strike being a LHB as we saw in crunch Asia Cup final or Dharmsala ODI vs SL with Dhoni on a seaming track. Overall This should be lineup Shaw Dhawan Kohli Iyer Rahul (wk) Hardik Jaddu Bhuvi Saini Kuldeep (coz SA players don't pick him) Bumrah
  11. I know Bhuvi was phenomenal in 2014 test series matching Anderson almost everytime despite having little support from Shami. But that series was long time ago. Bhuvi used to swing the ball a lot those days even with white ball. His desire to become T20 specialist ruined his swing ability. He increased his pace & started losing swing from his arsenal. That 2014 Bhuvi would've won us this NZ series easily. But that Bhuvi is long gone. Best swing bowling exponent in India is currently D Chahar & that is a fact. Had he played in the NZ test series we could've won at least one game despite batting failure. We allowed Latham & Blundell to score runs in both inns of 2nd test & that was the difference in 2nd test. A swing bowler would've got them much earlier & 60-70 run partnership in the Ist inn surely would not have happened.
  12. I don't hate him. I think he last played a test match in SA that was 2 years ago. His white ball form has been awful in terms of wicket taking ability recently. D Chahar even swings with the white ball reasonably & he could be deadly on overcast conditions in England with the red ball. Bumrah Shami won't win u a test series in England coz they r not genuine swing bowlers. Reason why Pakistan does so well in Eng is their bowlers ability to move the ball. Southee might be terrible white ball bowler but his ability to swing the ball will always make him more deadlier than Bumrah & Shami in helpful conditions.
  13. Iyer can bowl handy leggies but mostly lacks control. If we had a spin bowling coach he might have improved to be a bit like Marnus labuschagne.
  14. If they want to pick a swing bowler for next year's Eng tour D Chahar is much much better option. He is a genuine swing bowler. Bhuvi should be kept away.
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