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  • Narendra 10:19 pm on March 24, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Border–Gavaskar Trophy, , , , Test cricket   

    How India nailed the Aussies, 4-0 

    Before the Border-Gavaskar series began, I was quite weary as a fan. Recent defeat against England didn’t go down well with the Indian Cricket fan in me. Against Oz, though I knew it was one of their weakest teams in decades but, I wasn’t too sure about the Indian line-up.

    However, MSD’s mind blowing innings in the 1st Test wiped out my early doubts of the usual Batting catastrophe. It was the kind of knock which seriously dents the oppositions psyche. A double hundred in 2 sessions is quite an achievement. From that point onwards it seemed like Team India had magically taken complete control over the match and the series.

    Then the 2nd match happened, nothing much to talk about as Aussies were simply blown away to bits, first by Vijay-Pujara’s partnership and then some lethal bowling display. A paltry 131 is all that Aussies could make in the 2nd innings, a shameful performance by the once “Mighty” Aussies. Around that time most Indian fans and I had sensed that this is going to be a piece of cake for the Indians.

    Team India

    Team India

    In the 3rd Test, Aussies had a great start to the innings thanks to the openers and rain gods for taking away Day 1’s play, but then lighting struck and once again they were wrapped up for a modest total. At that point of time no one thought there could be positive result to the match, but then ‘moochad’ Shikhar Dhawan wanted to tell the world that he has arrived. A staggering century, fastest by a debutant completely changed the momentum of the match. Such a special innings, this should easily qualify as the best 100 in the recent times. After his blitz, Oz did try its best and set a modest target, which India finally scaled and just to tease the Aussies, they added some drama during the last hour. However, it was still an easy win for Team India.

    By the time the last match commenced it was almost sure that a spinning track was awaiting the Aussies. Well, it just took less than 3 days to destroy them, though I must say they did pretty well, especially the bowlers, having said that at no stage they looked like winning the match, atleast it was a decent fight.

    Team India’s triumph, a 4-0 whitewash, youngsters coming through and MSD the captain back on track. As an India cricket fan, I can’t ask for anything more. History says that Oz has always had difficulty visiting India, even Steve Waugh’s invincibles fell flat but a clean sweep is little too much. However, this story is not about Aussies fall, it’s India’s rise from the ashes, a story of a team propelled by bunch of youngsters, a team which was had lost 10 of its major Test matches. A win of this nature was unexpected, unbelievable. This series sweep has revitalized and renewed the joys of being an Indian Cricket fan. Looking forward to more thrills, more wins.

    • Arvinth 11:04 pm on March 24, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Yyyyaaayyyy!!! We want the super-man to alwaz fly and destroy baddies 😛

  • Narendra 9:56 pm on October 3, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: ICC World Twenty20, , , , MSD, Test cricket, Virender Sehwag   

    Team India: Failure, yet again 

    Four good wins and one terrible defeat meant Team India failed to qualify for the Semi’s third time in a row at the T20 world cup. This time the performance was average but output was a failure. Which reflects on the teams preparation and MSD’s fading midas touch ( or has he lost it long ago ).

    Team India was among the pre-tournament favorites but their poor show against Oz has left them in the cold, yet again. Blame game

    India cricket crest

    India cricket crest (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

    has already begun and it looks like after series of disastrous overseas tours and losses at  various high profile tournaments, MSD’s reign at the top could be over ( atleast in one format of the game ). Last week BCCI announced a new selection committee which means men who favored MSD have left and a new team is place. And the new chief, Sandip Patil is known for his tough approach. Only saving grace for MSD might be the lack of potential leaders in the current team. Virat ( Vice-captain ) who has been a top performer for a while may not be elevated as yet. Besides him no other player is performing to full capacity or they aren’t permanent members of the all 3 formats. So MSD might just escape for a while.

    Personally, I believe MSD must be relieved from captaincy ( atleast in Test matches ) and Gautam, despite his dodgy performances must be made Captain. And if Virat has to tried out, he should be first allowed to lead a T20 side and slowly moved to other formats. My radical choice for captaincy would be Zaheer. He has played for over a decade now, though his fitness is a major concern he’s still India’s best bowler. Zaheer could probably do a ‘Kumble’ before he retires.

    It’s not just the captain, lot of other players also should be dropped, atleast till they are back to their best. Likes of Sehwag, Rohit should be immediately sidelined. Manoj, Ajinkya, Cheteswar, Vijay and rest deserve to be included. I’m mighty pleased with Cheteswar, he blasted back-to-back 100’s at a domestic tournament and led the side to victory ( He might be a Captain in the making ).

    For now, Team India has to get it right in the upcoming series against England, as of the early exit from T20 WC….Well, we’re used to it 🙂


    • sufia 1:15 am on October 4, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      can i gloat can i gloat can i gloat? hehe

      seriously tho, retain dhoni. no other players seem up to it yet. however, he NEEDS to stop making excuses and sit down and assess what went wrong and what they need to do about it. his remarks about losing the aussie match b/c of rain? it only rained for THREE minutes and it barely got wet, what was dhoni talking about?? and then he said that indias performance was satisfactory??? and the press conference he gave, in which he said that it had to come to them depending on other teams? it was very simple for them to achieve pakistans target in 16 overs but they took their time over it. dhoni and company really need to analyze things objectively and try harder next time.

      read this: http://www.espncricinfo.com/icc-world-twenty20-2012/content/current/story/585276.html

      • sufia 1:16 am on October 4, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        and what i dont get is – the amount of t20 cricket indians play in the form of the ipl and clt20. yet barring the first t20 cup, india has never reached the semis even. why is their performance so poor?

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      • Narendra 4:04 pm on October 5, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        Hey, Thanq for connecting. What sort of help are you talking about? Please elaborate.

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    • Narendra 4:03 pm on October 5, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      To answer the last part, most of us in India do not see T20 as “real” Cricket…Due to IPl & CL..T20 is seen as an extension of fun..almost like gully Cricket. Be it the players or the viewers there’s no seriousness. I guess due that casual approach, we haven’t really done well in T20’s. Public too doesn’t care much.

      As of Dhoni, he might get away..coz he won 4/5 matches and with 3 big series coming up, management may not want to bring in a new captain. Personally, I’m a huge supporter of Dhoni, I would want to see him continue as the captain ( not in tests though, simply because he doesn’t qualify as a test player ).

    • sufia 5:54 pm on October 5, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      ah. thats the difference then. our school level cricket and our street cricket tournaments are all t20, and we still claim that t20 cricket was invented on the streets of karachi (dont know how much truth there is in that tho), so thats prob the reason why thats the only cricket we know how to play 😀

      we didnt make the semi final, but i hope the cup stays in the subcontinent. go lanka.

      • sufia 5:55 pm on October 5, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        we didnt make the final…sorry.

        • Narendra 8:53 pm on October 5, 2012 Permalink | Reply

          Yes! I’m betting on Lanka to pull it off this time. This is their best chance 🙂

          BTW, what’s on newschannels there, are they calling for Afridi’s retirement 😛

    • sufia 1:43 am on October 6, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      yes they are. his performance was rubbish this time, and the slump has been going on for a very long time. the media, the public, everyones at his throat now. hes had a very good run, maybe he should go while he still holds ppls hearts.

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  • Narendra 7:59 pm on August 23, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Ambati Rayudu, Cheteshwar Pujara, , , , Test cricket   

    Is he the new “Wall” of Indian Cricket ? 

    Ever since the retirement of Rahul Dravid, Cricket pundits, media and public were asking the same question ” Who will replace the WALL? “. Many names cropped up, Virat Kohli looked like the most probable replacement, he was already doing great stuff in ODIs at that position. However, good number of people were convinced that the team needed someone more on the lines of “WALL” and that was the big reason why selectors called upon Cheteshwar Pujara. He has been in news for all the good reasons, his recent match winning performance in WI for the India ‘A’ team made sure he booked a berth to play in the national team.

    I had first seen Cheteswar Pujara during the 2008 domestic season, an innings where he scored 70 something and he flayed the bowlers all over the ground with astounding grace. For a long time I hadn’t seen anyone of that class ( the last one who really caught my attention was Ambati Rayudu ).

    Few years later he made an audacious debut against Australia and helped India win. But then he was gone for a while, mostly due to

    pujarainjuries. However, from the time Rahul Dravid announced his retirement Cheteswar was back in the reckoning. He found support from Cricketing legends and media rallied for him to take the No.3 position.


    After all the hype over the last 5-6 months today was the day. After a brief suspense he came into bat at the coveted No.3 position and by the end of the day he had eased into his first Test 100 in style. A patient knock, where he displayed every possible shot in the book ( more on the defense department ). First half of his innings was sedate and cautious and then just as if to show us that he can play at a completely different gear he clobbered the bowlers and raced away to a richly deserved century. He for sure looks like someone who can carry the team and the hopes of Billion plus fans. Have we found the new wall? that’s what everyone is asking after his debut century but I guess wall isn’t built in day 🙂


    For now fans, experts, media would rejoice the making of a new Cricketing hero however, only time will tell how big a hero he would turn out to be.




    • Arvinth 8:58 pm on August 23, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Pujara is the man.. I wanna see badrinath is the team too.. namba paiyan 😛

      • Narendra 2:33 pm on September 1, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        Localnath will never make it..younger men are fast catching up..so sad

  • Narendra 10:33 pm on March 10, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Test cricket, Virat Kohli   

    Who will be the next ‘Rahul Dravid’ ? 

    Now that India’s greatest and most successful No.3 Batsman, Rahul Dravid has ended his Cricketing expedition. Team India is in the hunt for a suitable replacement. Rahul’s demanor and conduct maybe unmatchable, as Sachin put things into perspective ‘ There can be no other Rahul Dravid’ however, we’re in urgent need for a player who can score runs, good behavior will be a bonus though.

    Here is a list of few players who come to mind who might go on to fill the void.

    Virat Kohli: He’s already a regular in the ODI side. His recent Test hundred against Australia in Australia is enough proof of his batting credentials. In terms of scoring runs especially under pressure, he looks the best bet. Virat has matured into an excellent Batsmen who is able to convert starts into 100’s quite regularly however, he will have to master the art of making big hundred’s. If you were to ask me today, who would replace Dravid? I won’t think twice to say ‘Virat’.

    Suresh Raina: If you can take back your memory to mid & late 90’s, Rahul Dravid was just a shade of what he ended up achieving. In his early days Rahul wasn’t exactly a feisty batsman even his Test knocks were labored and mostly came against lesser teams ( Zim & NZ ). So if you compare Rahul and Raina at the age of 25, Raina would lead the tally by a decent margin. Suresh may not have the technique of Rahul but he posses an important arsenal which distinguishes heroes from zeroes at the top level – ‘Ability’. With his limited technique Raina has already cemented his place in the ODI side plus, he made a century on his Test debut. He for sure has the ‘ability’ to do well at the top level.

    Rohit Sharma: Rohit is pitted to be the ‘Next Big Thing’ however, since his debut in 2007 he has done very little to justify that tag. Cricket pundits still haven’t lost faith in him for he has been plundering runs at the domestic circuit ( He averages a mind boggling 63.52  out of 47matches ). He is yet to make his Test debut, I would like to believe Tests might just bring the best out of him. If he clicks there is no doubt in my mind that he will end up with no less than 10K runs in Tests.

    Cheteswar Pujara: My personal favorite. He has been murdering bowlers across the nation at will, a magnificent run machine. He is the only Indian player to score 3 triple tons in one season. His debut was as dramatic as his domestic career, sent in at No.3 against mighty Aussie’s in a tricky fourth-inning’s chase, he creamed the bowlers all over the park to a delightful 72. Most Cricket fans haven’t forgotten his innings yet, we’re all waiting with bated breath for him to take center stage and show case his amazing run making abilities. Like Rahul he’s technically correct infact he looks much more composed and fluent. He maintains an extremely calm demeanor, I have never seen him sledge or go over board on the field. We can expect to see him play in the Test side later this year. Personally, I am extremely keen to seem him do well, in him I see a gentleman which World Cricket badly deserves.

    However, we will have to wait atleast 3-4 years to see who will eventually wear the hat of Mr.Dependable. Only time will tell…


    • sufia 2:24 pm on March 12, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      would be hard to replace the wall, but then as you said only time will tell.

      • narendra 3:55 pm on March 12, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        There will some new kid who will start scoring runs. It’s his Aura and persona which will be truly missed..

  • Narendra 10:14 pm on August 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Kapil Dev, , , , , Test cricket   

    Is this the beginning of the end for Mahendra Singh Dhoni? 

    When India won the WC in 1983, everyone went ga-ga over the then captain Kapil Dev, however little do people remember, he was fired from captaincy in less than a year times. India was marauded by the West Indies and Kapil was abruptly terminated from the top job.

    Fast forward to 2011, India’ s favorite son M S Dhoni helped India lift the WC after 28 years and months later he’s faced with the biggest crisis of his captaincy career, he has lost his first Test series as a captain, India has be dethroned from the No.1 slot, most of his team mates are out with injuries and a set of legends are on the verge of retirement. M S Dhoni is staring down the barrel.

    However, one has to remember a captain is as good as his team. Prime example is Ricky Ponting, he was a nothing captain once his top men retired. Moreover, in this particular series batsmen has collectively failed and that doesn’t help the cause. No captain can do anything if 4 of his top 5 batsmen aren’t scoring runs.

    Just drifting a little from the main subject, there’s needless talk about IPL, CL and ODI overkill. Just by loosing one serious entire system doesn’t fail. And few nuts have to realize that we were No.1 in Tests for more than an year, plus we won the WC. Public just needs to take a chill pill and accept the fact that Cricket is a sport and there will be times when the team will be miserable.

    Going back to MSD, he’s by the far the best captain India ever had simply because he successfully utilized the potential of many bits n pieces players. Unlike Saurav, MSD has a team of ageing superstars ( who are still the best in the business ) and a mix of unpredictable young talent. Winning and winning continuously has been his hallmark and it’s ridiculous for people to compare him with Dada. What Dada did for team India is sacrosanct, so stop the foolish comparisons.

    Running down MSD is inappropriate, if people are talking about respecting Rahul Dravid for his contribution, don’t you think MSD deserves the same, this guy won you the World Cup.

    Few Cricketing experts have written about his field placings and resource utilization skills. Well, if Steve waugh had taken off 1 slip and placed him in the mid wicket boundary, he would have conquered the final frontier. But, he didn’t because he believed Laxman or Dravid would nick one to the slips whereas they looted scores of runs through the mid wicket. So, there’s no point freaking out on MSD’s field placements.

    Criticism has gone to nonsensical levels, mostly it is unintelligent and plain stupid. Personally, I do not believe it is the end of the road for MSD, he will bounce back. I share Sachin’s sentiment – He’s the best Captain India ever had. Remember Cricket’s favorite One liner ‘ Form is temporary, Class is permanent‘. MSD shall rise again.

    • sufia 10:26 pm on August 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      public opinion is fickle….and considering MSD was the only one who seemed to care abt making an effort and salvaging some pride for india, criticism is VERY unfair. hes a human being, not god…and he isnt infallible. this was the first test series hes lost as captain, he really deserves some slack.

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