ARE THESE THE TWO MOST CRUCIAL HOURS OF THE SERIES?

India has fought back. For the first time in the series we can actually look forward to a contest and perhaps an Indian win. But for that to happen we need to make the first two or three hours count. A lead of 250+ will set up the game beautifully. Pujara and Rahane should remember, VVS and Dravid’s partnership in Calcutta that turned...
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CAN THIS TEAM BEAT ENGLAND?
Faujis may not like what I have to say - on the basis of what one say in Kanpur yesterday, I think we are likely to lose the T20s to England unless we look at some changes.

Let's look at things dispassionately:
* I don't think Virat should open. Frankly, our good showing in the 2016 T20WC was almost solely due to Virat's excellence and consistency at no.3. Openers...
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A SPLENDID TIME IS GUARANTEED FOR ALL!
India and England take on each other tomorrow in the first of three T20 games. England may have been beaten comprehensively in the tests and lost a closely fought ODI series; but when it comes to T20s, England will be more than a match for the boys in blue.

As we saw in the T20 World Cup 2016, England was a highly competitive side and narrowly lost to...
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WHAT'S HAPPENED TO THE OPENERS?
Great teams - in tests, ODIs and T20s - have always relied on great opening partnerships for sustained success. Who can forget the contribution of Greenidge/Haynes, Hayden/Langer, Cook/Strauss, Jayasuriya/Attapattu and Sehwag/Gambhir in giving their teams a good start in tests? Or those of Greenidge/Haynes, Gilchrist/Hayden, Sourav/Sachin and Gibbs/Kirsten in...
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Sketch of Virat Kohli done by JASHAN KALRA, a fan
YUVI IS BASHING ENGLAND! AND ME!
This morning I wrote that Yuvi is past his prime and that Manish would be the better choice.

Yuvi is proving me wrong. Dead wrong!

He is playing a gem of an innings, reminiscent of the Yuvi of yore. May he play on and grind me (and the English) to dust!

I would be more than happy!

Andy.

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SHOULD INDIA PLAY THE SAME TEAM?
The consensus amongst the so-called experts seems to be that the only change India needs to make in the second ODI is to drop Umesh and induct someone like Bhuvi. I am fine with that.

However, for the life of me, I cannot understand Rahane sitting it out. I think he should be opening instead of Shikhar. I like Shikhar but he has been out of touch for far too...
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Fun fact: India has successfully chased 350+ totals thrice in ODIs. All three times with a century from that man Kohli! Truly VIRAT!
THE WALL!
Today is Rahul Dravid's 44th birthday and all of us should wish one of cricket's most brilliant, determined and decent players. May he help Indian cricket in the years to come.

Just to refresh your memories on some of Rahul's gargantuan achievements, adapted from Wikipedia:
* Rahul is one of the seven batsmen to have scored more than 10,000 runs in both the principal forms of...
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IS PRITHVI SHAW THE NEXT BIG THING?
The Ranji Trophy final between Mumbai and Gujarat has started today. At the time of writing this post, Mumbai, batting first, is 97/2. Prithvi is batting on 70. He made his first-class debut for Mumbai in the semi-finals on 1 January 2017 when he scored a century in the second innings and was man of the match.

As many of you will recall, in November 2013,...
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15 year-old Prithvi Shaw: The Next Sachin Tendulkar?

Trans World Sport travelled to Mumbai to meet up with 15-year-old Prithvi Shaw. A young Cricket player who is already being hailed as the next Sachin Tendulk...

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TIME TO GROOM RISHABH?
Read somewhere this morning that the selectors are considering inducting Rishabh Pant into the Indian ODI team, not as a keeper (Dhoni's still around!) but as a batsman.

I think that would be wonderful.

Rishabh is certainly a wicketkeeper/batman for the future. We all know of his exploits with the India U19 team. He also did fairly well in IPL 2016. Most importantly,...
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NO MORE THE CAPTAIN.
MS has given up the captaincy of the Indian limited-overs team.
He captained the Indian team in limited-overs formats from 2007 to 2016 and in Test cricket from 2008 to 2014. Having seen him lead India for so many years, I do feel sadness as he quits being the skipper in all formats of the game.

As per Wikipedia, 'Dhoni holds numerous captaincy records: most wins by an...
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A 100 Before Lunch on Day 1
David Warner became the fifth batsman in cricket history to score a hundred before lunch on day one of a Test match. In the Sydney test between Australia and Pakistan that began today, Warner took just 78 balls to reach his hundred.

Warner’s hundred is the first time any batsman has achieved the feat since Majid Khan in Karachi more than 40 years ago.

Four other...
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INDIA! YOU ROCK!
From 103 for no loss to 207 all out and India has a remarkable victory in a game that seemed headed for a draw at the lunch break! Jadeja was just magical in the English second innings.

This 4-0 series win means that India has now won 5 straight series since September 2015. And England has the dubious distinction of losing two consecutive test matches after posting 400+ in...
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I ENJOY TEST CRICKET
The first two tests have been absorbing. England were on top at Rajkot and while we won handsomely in Vizag, England can take heart from the way they bowled in India’s second innings. Broad was superb. The next three tests could turn out to be even more absorbing. The conditions in Mohali and Mumbai and even Chennai could help their seamers provided our groundsmen do not...
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ASHWIN ASHWIN ASHWIN! And the records keep tumbling. For India’s meanest tweaker, it may seem like just another day at the office but the records are piling up. Now, he’s the 3rd quickest in the history of the game to get to 20 five- wicket hauls, in just 39 tests. Barnes in an unbelievable 25 tests and Grimmett in 37 are the other two.

“In rhythm, I can beat any batsman in the world” says...
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MAKE IT COUNT, GAUTI!
It is very likely that Gautam Gambhir will open the Indian innings at Indore with Murali Vijay (provided, of course, that BCCI doesn't carry out its threat of cancelling the ongoing series). Both Rahul and Shikhar are injured and it is unlikely that Shikhar's replacement, Karun Nair, would be chosen over Gauti.

The Indore test assumes great significance for Gauti - if he...
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A REAL TEAM (THAT'S BACK AS NO.1).
India won the second test of the three-match series against New Zealand and have reclaimed the number one position in tests from Pakistan. But that to me is not that important.

What is important is that in the two tests played so far, the Indian team has played like a real team. We have not relied on the brilliance of one or two guys; instead, almost all the...
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ROHIT IS PLAYING THE INNINGS THAT INDIA WANTS HIM TO PLAY- As a fan you can’t be blamed for feeling schizophrenic when it comes to Rohit. He can frustrate you like he did in the first innings and then he can play with unique ability and more importantly responsibly. In the shorter formats he has always taken the responsibility and played some unbelievable innings but it is in test cricket that...
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