The Sports Thread 2021

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  1. Indian Players Involved In More Possible Covid Protocol Violations: Report

    According to Sydney Morning Herald, Virat Kohli and Hardik Pandya visited a baby shop in Sydney in early December, with the report stating that the pair breached the biosecurity protocols by not wearing masks inside the store.

    https://sports.ndtv.com/australia-vs-india-2020-21/aus-vs-ind-indian-players-involved-in-more-possible-covid-protocol-violations-report-2347326?pfrom=home-ndtv_trending

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    • Getting uglier by the day with the Aussies trying to play the moral high ground…can’t expect much from that country/team; considering that it had a Chapell who believed in under-arm bowling…

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      A spicy third Test could be on the cards at the SCG after Australian captain Tim Paine revealed tensions “are starting to boil” as a result of unnamed sources within the Indian camp who have been complaining about the quarantine provisions and the location of the fourth and final Test.

      Speaking on Wednesday ahead of Thursday’s Test in Sydney, Paine made it crystal clear that sections of the Australian set-up weren’t thrilled about reports suggesting India did not want to travel to Brisbane if they had to adhere to strict hotel quarantine protocols.

      https://www.smh.com.au/sport/cricket/tension-starting-to-boil-paine-hints-at-fiery-scg-test-after-india-rumblings-20210106-p56s33.html

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  2. superb bowling by Jadeja. Literally a fifer. 4/62 and a super run out at the end of Centurion Steven Smith at the SCG

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  4. already trailing by 95 runs…

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    • why don’t we try Vijay Shankar in Tests? He struggles to get out in the short format. might be a better option over the Bhikari Vihari. Plus he can chip in with 10-15 overs daily with the ball bowling seamers

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      • missing Bhuvi the lower order batsman

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        • Amusing that u guys still have hope when half the team’s out with injury and the captain himself has left the team in the middle of a crisis. The fact that we won a test itself is a huge achievement in such circumstances.

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          • Well half the team was out in in the 2nd match. The bowlers did a fine job on day 2. Plus the batting line-up is strong. But at least a couple of batsmen need to put big scores and that’s not happening at all and that’s disappointing. Let’s see.

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          • This is one of the weakest batting line up’s India’s had since the 90s. Exact reason why we lost in SA, UK & NZ between 2018-20. No reliable openers & a middle order that’s dodgy barring Kohli (Pujara’s no Dravid & Rahane’s a huge underachiever). With Shami, Ishant, Umesh & now Jadeja missing even the bowling’s down to almost nothing. Avoiding an innings defeat itself is an achievement with such a team.

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          • India’s batting in their 2nd innings record is pathetic. Be it in England, Australia, NZ, SA. When was the last time any of our batsmen Scored a ton in 2nd innings in SENA countries? Probably Kohli’s Adelaide captaincy debut 5-6 years back

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          • Rahul and Pant at the Oval

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          • I hope you’re referring to the post 2013 batting line up coz Sehwag, Sachin, Ganguly, Dravid and in particular VVS have a lot of memorable second innings scores in the careers.

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          • Sehwag, No. He averaged 60 in first innings and 30 in 2nd.
            22 tons in First Innings and only 1 in 2ne innings
            http://howstat.com/cricket/Statistics/Players/PlayerInnings.asp?PlayerID=2878

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  5. On Pujara’s pathetic batting…

    Pujara has received a lot of flak for his slow approach during his sluggish half-century from the cricket pundits. Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting even went onto say that the slow approach turned the tables in favour of the hosts on day three.

    The former skipper criticised India’s “lacklustre” effort with the bat, pointing at visitors’ batting mainstay Pujara.

    Ponting said Pujara’s slow batting created an unwanted pressure on the non-striker who had to compensate for his slow approach.

    “I think (Pujara) has got to be better than that. He’s 16 off his first 100 balls with no boundaries. That is — and I don’t care who you are — if you’re at the other end and someone is batting like that, so much more pressure comes back on you,” cricket.com.au quoted Ponting as saying.

    https://sports.ndtv.com/australia-vs-india-2020-21/cheteshwar-pujara-is-almost-scared-to-play-a-shot-says-allan-border-2350144

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  6. FANTASTIC 🇮🇳

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  7. An amazing 5th day and fantastic survival instincts. If not for the foolishness of Pant charging down the pitch at 97, it could have been the difference between loss and victory. Great innings by Pant, hope he had looked at the bigger picture!

    Superb 5th day. It’s a draw but congrats India!!

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    • Didn’t watch except for last few overs. Unfortunate if Pant did something silly on 97. But I will take it on 97 every day, 7 days a week!

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      • He had already got a psychological edge over Nathan Lyon. At 97, instead of upping his confidence and getting to 100, he charged down the pitch to smash him, which really wasn’t required. That 100 would have boosted his confidence further up a notch and the match could very well have been won by India…

        I am not talking about a win, that would be too greedy, but he didn’t realize the value of his wicket..and he didn’t look at the bigger picture..There are times when you should swallow your ego and look at the bigger picture; primarily in test cricket. I don’t care how reckless one is in those stupid T-20s..but here, mental strength is a prized asset for a batsman.

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        • Yes that is a cockyness needed when you graduate to Sehwag’s level. But I am happy for Pant. I’m a fan. Given the team has Pujara they can afford a luxury occasionally but he should be sensible and realise if India won here they couldn’t lose the series.

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    • India wasn’t winning even if Pant had scored his 100. Miracles like Headingly happen once in a 100 years.

      Pant was dropped TWICE while trying to defend (the first time when he had scored just 1) and he scored 97 when he attacked. That’s precisely why he has to do what he does best — go after the bowling.

      The rush of blood at 97 was uncalled for any ‘normal’ batsman. But Pant isn’t just any normal batsman. Sehwag went for a similar glory shot when he was batting on 195.

      We have to accept that these cricketers are just different.

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  8. Isn’t the first time i’m witnessing Pant pull off something extraordinary in the 4th innings of a test match. This could be a career changing moment for H Vihari now.

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  9. Irrespective of what happens in Brisbane (with half the side injured), the resilience shown at the MCG & the SCG after a 36 all out drubbing in Adelaide is at par with what Ganguly’s team (minus Kumble) achieved in 2001 after being asked to follow on in Kolkata post a 3 day defeat in Mumbai against the greatest Aussie team ever. The difference being at that point it was about individuals in Laxman, Dravid & Harbhajan while right now its the entire team.

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    • yes, hopefully the team and players realize 2nd innings runs and wickets are most important in SENA countries

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    • if we lose the 4th Test at Gabba, we need to whitewash England 4-0 at home to stay ahead of NZ.

      If we draw in Gabba, we can win 3-0 and draw one home match and still stay ahead of NZ

      If we win at Gabba, we have to win at least 2 matches against England at home to remain ahead of NZ.

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    • Ashwin’s wife Prithi revealed that the spinner was in so much pain in the morning that he wasn’t even able to stand up.

      “The man went to bed last night with a terrible back tweak and in unbelievable pain. He could not stand up straight when he woke up this morning. Could not bend down to tie his shoe laces. I am amazed at what @ashwinravi99 pulled off today,” Prithi tweeted.

      https://www.rediff.com/cricket/report/how-ashwin-defied-pain-to-rescue-india-at-scg-aus-tour-wtc/20210111.htm

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      • And this guy’s been an ODI discard for the last 3 years despite being a genuine bowling all rounder who’d be an asset in an ODI team at #8. Forget Ashwin, even Jadeja was a discard in the 2019 WC till the semis and folks like Vijay Shankar were selected ahead of these 2. Precise reason why I believe Kohli’s captaincy and team selection has always been questionable.

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  10. with lot of injury concern for Gabba Test, what would India’s XI look like?

    R Sharma
    S Gill
    C Pujara
    A Rahane
    M Agrawal
    R Pant
    W Saha(wk)
    R Ashwin
    N Saini
    M Siraj
    J Bumrah

    No Jadeja will be huge blow as India will be a bowler short. No Vihari as well. Pant will play as a pure batsman

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  11. Will say this loud and clear — the win at MCG and the draw at Sydney is second only to India’s heroics in Calcutta, circa 2001. Even Ben Stokes at Headingly doesn’t compare favourably, I’d reckon.

    This current Indian team with its injury concerns and absence woes had no business, absolutely no business, standing tall at 1-1 after the first three tests. Especially after being 36 all out.

    This level of fightback is just insane and a great gift for Indian cricket fans. I don’t really care what happens at Brisbane anymore, and I don’t care about the WTC Final either, I’m just happy to see this level of grit displayed on a cricket field.

    The fact that Pant and Vihari batted while taking pain-killers or the fact that Jadeja was padded up with a broken left hand, and Ashwin carried on despite a bad back and copping a few blows to his body — this is the stuff of legends.

    Rahane’s grit at MCG; Vihari’s blockathon in Sydney; Pujara being Pujara… yeah there’s lots to savour for Indian cricket fans. After the retirement of India’s original Big Four, Test cricket still feels like heaven!

    What more can one ask for?!

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    • Oh, and just to be clear, we’ve never had a bowler like Bumrah…ever! Come to think of it, he’s a special one in Test cricket’s history as well.

      Jadeja is one of the all time great all rounders in Test cricket. Ashwin will go down as an all time great as well.

      I don’t know how long Test cricket will last, but I sure hope it does. There’s absolutely no spectacle, no bigger a mental battle in any other sport, as far as I can recall.

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      • I would like this team to conquer SA, England, Aus and NZ all series wins together to become the greatest of all time.

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        • This team’s too inconsistent to be at par with the era of 2001-11 despite having a far superior bowling attack right now. The batting’s too volatile now while back then the fab 5 of the line up were capable of amassing 400 & 500+ scores in SENA, WI & Pakistan tests, something that enabled them to square off against the mighty Aussies in 03-04, win in Perth in 08, win in Pak in 04, in WI in 06, UK in 07, NZ in 09 & almost pull it off in SA in 2010-11. All this despite just 3 genuine long term wicket taking bowlers in Zaheer, Kumble & Harbhajan. Dravid the TEST CAPTAIN is often ignored due to the 07 WC fiasco. We won a series in Pak, our first test win in SA in 06, a series in UK in 07 & WI in 06 (after 35 years), all under him.

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    • Heroics for sure.

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  13. We all remember the extremely underrated and underachieving Gautam Gambhir for his 97 in the WC final but the 643 minute marathon to save the Napier test in 2009 (eventually a series winning effort, our first in NZ since 1967) should rank right up there in my books. Shekhar Gupta’s managed to make me nostalgic with this episode.

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    • absolutely. if i am not mistaken he batted out almost 2 days after India followed on

      Sat, 28 Mar – day 3 -India 2nd innings 47/1 (Gautam Gambhir 14*, Rahul Dravid 11*, 17 ov)

      Sun, 29 Mar – day 4 -India 2nd innings 252/2 (Gautam Gambhir 102*, Sachin Tendulkar 58*, 107 ov)

      Mon, 30 Mar – day 5 -India 2nd innings 476/4 (180 ov) – end of match

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      • he alone played 436 balls which is 72-73 overs. insane levels of concentration

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        • this knock needs to be rated almost as highly as Laxman’s epic 281. but wasn’t because it was a draw and against Kiwis with a supposedly weaker bowling line up, not against the arrogant Aussies

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  14. Am amazed at the consistency of Labuschegne! Truly appreciable.

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    • Smudge like consistency

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    • Rahane dropping him when the score was 93/3 is gonna cost us huge! Dropping catches in test cricket is a crime especially with an inexperienced bowling attack. Kudos to the trio of Siraj, Saini and Natarajan for bowling their heart out.

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  15. https://www.deccanherald.com/sports/cricket/breakdown-of-indian-bowlers-raises-questions-on-physios-workload-and-injury-management-role-939449.html

    These fast bowler injuries is getting preposterous now. Its a god damn joke! The physios need to be taken to task if they cannot do their job even half decently. These guys barely bowl even in the IPL.

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  16. if beginning of this Test series somebody would have suggested India will play Gabba Test with bowlers having zero test wicketsvamong themselves then and would bowl Australia out for 369, I would have laughed it off.

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  17. 300 percent agree..

    Batting legend Sunil Gavaskar came down heavily on Rohit Sharma for throwing his wicket away with a reckless shot on Day 2 of the fourth Test against Australia in Brisbane on Saturday.

    https://www.rediff.com/cricket/report/india-australia-gavaskar-slams-rohit/20210116.htm

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  18. simply love the way Indians are giving it back to the aussies!!!

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    • This series has been the most startling fightback from Indians. It has taken Aussies by surprise and when opposition team’s supporters start liking your game more than their own team’, you know that their hearts are won.
      If India wins this, it would be their greatest win ever with a side that one can say is thin on paper.

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      • Great comment Naveen!

        When is Nathan taklya Lyon going to be taken to task? I LOVED the way Sundar just freaking walked back after he was bowled! That was insane concentration and discipline! Fantastic! Hats off to the Indian team!!

        The ‘B’ team of India took on the Aussie might!! Loved it!

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    • Test cricket at it’s best..By far the best Test cricket is recent years..What a strong bench strength India has..I knew about Thakur’s batting abilities which he had shown in one T-20 games..but Sundar was equally good..To face that quality pace attack and remain at the crease just to give marginal lead to Aussie

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      • 328 on Final day’s play.
        Can India hold on for potential 98.1 overs?
        Aussie bowlers have gas to steamroll the Indian team?
        Weather God’s will have a say?
        If all comes down to the last day now..

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  19. PANT is giving me heart attacks; this is insane….

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  20. THIS IS INSANE
    B TEAM screwing up an AUSSIE a team…

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  21. Step aside Ganguly’s ’01.. Rahane’s ’21 is the GREATEST series win ever!! No words to express myself!! 🇮🇳

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  22. Though I have stppped watching cricket after Dhoni’s exit, I am very happy for their incredible win today. Well done!

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  23. tonymontana Says:

    Historic win for India!
    What a performance!

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    • Pant in 4 th Innings has
      114 The Oval versus England in lost cause
      97 SCG last match in match saving effort along other teammates such as Ashwin, Vihari, Pujara etc.
      89* Gabba in win today

      Keep up this 4th Innings performance everywhere especially in SENA countries and you will be loved

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      • 36 all out with full strength. A 2-1 win with a B team. Rahane deserves full time test captaincy now. Kohli’s a great player no doubt but his selection, on field behavior and ability to motivate his team has been found wanting in each IPL season, the CT final 2017 or the 2019 world cup as well as now.

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  24. MAGNIFICENT WIN FOR INDIA. It’s always a good day when Australia lose, even better when India deliver the win. So happy for Pant. The media is all over this. Definitely a historic win considering the team India puzzled together.
    Greatest test series win ever for India 100%. Probably ranks in top 3 of all time.

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    • How important was Pujara taking all these blows for the team and country from Aussie pacers and blunting well their attack

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      • Pujara was India’s heart. He values his wicket the most and this time the team had great balance. I think Australia were heavy favourites on final day…forget that every test match they were favourites but India displayed lots of bottle.

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        • In this team…Pujara is the first name on team sheet, even before Kohli. He is a unique batsman now in world cricket. A throw back to bygone era and one opposition will become literally physically and mentally tired of. He can bat 200 balls and score meagre runs but others can capitalise.

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          • My selection of India XI for next test against England. I won’t play Pandya purely as a batsman in Tests. He needs to be able to bowl. Would have preferred Shreyas Iyer over Pandya as a pure batsman. Pandya can’t build a Test innings at 20/4.

            R Sharma
            S Gill
            C Pujara
            V Kohli
            A Rahane
            R Pant
            R Ashwin
            W Sundar
            A Patel
            S Thakur
            I Sharma

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          • My XI
            Sharma
            Gill
            Pujara
            Kohli
            Rahane
            Pant
            Sundar
            Ashwin
            Thakur
            Siraj
            Bumrah

            Good thing is there are Good selection headaches ahead for India.

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          • Bumrah’s ahead of Thakur anyday!

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          • Sharma
            Gill
            Pujara
            Kohli
            Rahane
            Pant
            Pandya (5th bowler)
            Axar
            Ashwin
            Bumrah
            Ishant

            Ashwin and Sunder together is counter productive. I still believe in a 6 batsmen strategy as Sharma and Rahane are inconsistent test batsmen and Gill and Pant are still inexperienced. Pandya the batsman at #7 is added cushion in the absence of Jadeja.

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          • Pandya as 4th seamer in England later in year more useful.

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          • Shivalay, don’t want to burn out Bumrah using him in home matches. Keep him exclusively for SENA matches only. Plus Thakur strengthens the batting too.

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          • Shiv, Pandya is selected as pure batsman for upcoming England series. He isn’t yet fit to bowl

            I agree with giving Rahane the captaincy over Kohli

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          • I want to see Bhuvi recalled for home tests against England. He deepens our batting lineup

            Openers: Gill, Mayank, Rohit, Rahul

            Middle Order: Pujara, Kohli, Rahane, Shreyas

            Spinning All Rounders: Ashwin, Washington, Axar

            WK: Pant, Kishan

            Pace Bowlers: Bhuvi, Shardul, Ishant, Siraj

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  25. https://www.wionews.com/sports/australia-lost-against-india-a-ricky-ponting-left-shocked-by-crushing-2-1-series-defeat-357791

    Well for 2 years Aussie fans have been giving excuses of India winning in 2018 due to the absence of Smith & Warner. I wonder what they have to say now after witnessing their side losing to India ‘A’

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  26. I want to see Bhuvi recalled for home tests against England. He deepens our batting lineup

    Openers: Gill, Mayank, Rohit, Rahul

    Middle Order: Pujara, Kohli, Rahane, Shreyas

    Spinning All Rounders: Ashwin, Washington, Axar

    WK: Pant, Kishan

    Pace Bowlers: Bhuvi, Shardul, Ishant, Siraj

    No place for Pandya as a pure batsman. Can accomodate him only if he is fit to bowl 12-15 overs a day

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    • Cummins reveals the toughest batsman he has bowled to. This is during first half of 2020 during quarantine

      Don’t think his opinion would have changed after the India series

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    • Why would India need Pandya at home? Surely he is more useful in SENA as a 4th bowling option allrounder. In India go with spinning allrounder like Washington or Jadeja when fit. Have Ashwin plus 3 seamers. In England have Ashwin and 4 seamers.

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      • 2 seamers and 2 spinners for home tests. No point of a 3rd seamer. A Kuldeep would be a good addition to Ashwin at the Chepauk wicket.

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        • Gotcha in addition to Pandya as allrounder?

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          • 4 bowlers should be enough in my opinion. No point playing Pandya only as a batsman. Would rather prefer a Rahul or Mayank as a specialist batsman than Pandya.

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          • My XI for Chennai based on squad available
            Gill, Rohit, Pujara, Kohli, Rahane, Mayank, Pant, Ashwin, Axar, Thakur, Ishant

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          • will explore option’ of opening with Sundar and Gill. That will make it 3 spinners and 2 pacers. as well as right and left opening combination

            Mayank and Rohit should fight it out for one spot

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      • we don’t need him anywhere if he can’t bowl.

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    • who would India like to face in finals of WTC? NZ with Boult, Southee, Wagner, 2 meter Jamieson, CDG, Santner or
      Australia with Starc/Pattison, Cummins, Hazelwood, Lyon, Green

      I think probably Aussie bowling lineup is a tad weaker

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  27. watching Pak vs SA…What is with Fawad Alam stance 🙂

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  28. One of the most underrated and thrilling test matches ever played on a nightmarish Wankhede wicket. Damn, India vs Australia is stuff of folklore since 2001 and counting…!

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    • It’s been a long, long time since the famous India v Pak rivalry has been steam-rolled and taken over by India v Aus. Ever since Tendulkar smashed Shoaib over 3rd man for a 6 in the 2003 WC in SA and healed India of the curse of Miandad’s 6, there’s been no going back for India and Pak has just been one of the many opponents for India.

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      • As test rivalries go India Australia is only behind the Ashes now I guess.

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        • Ahead of the Ashes in the last 2 decades by daylight. 2001, 03-04, 2004, 07-08, 2017, 18-19 and now 20-21. Every one of them hard fought memorable series wins. Barring the 2005 series and the freakish Headingly test of 2019, The Ashes has little to show for when compared to Kolkata/Chennai 2001, Adelaide 03, Mumbai 04, Sydney/Perth 08, Mohali ’10, Adelaide ’14, Bangalore ’17, Adelaide ’18 and now Brisbane ’21. The list of Ind-Aus memorable tests in the last 2 decades is endless. Even draws like the one in Ranchi in 2017 or Melbourne 2014, Sydney 2004 or now Sydney 2021 are stuff of legend.

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  29. In an interview with cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle, Rahane revealed that he decided not to cut that cake because “kangaroo is their national animal” and it is important to respect the opposition and their sentiments regardless of whether you win or lose.

    “Kangaroo is their national animal. I don’t want to do that. You give your opposition respect, you treat them well even if you win or even if you create history,” Rahane told Bhogle in an interview posted on his Facebook page.

    “You have to have that respect for your opponent, you have to have that respect for other countries. That is why I took the decision not to cut the cake with a kangaroo on it,” he added.

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  30. Even our Jayshah would be better candidate for this role than this pappu!

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  31. NZ are in the final of the WTC. Even though they only won one overseas match against a weak Lankan side.

    They took full points in home series against India, Windies, Pakistan though

    India took full points in home series against South Africa, Bangladesh and Windies away. And 70 points out of 120 against Australia. And need to get minimum of 70 points against England v?at home to make it to the final (2-0(80 points), 2-1(70 points), 3-0(100 points), 3-1(90 points), 4-0(120 points) will see India through)

    Overseas win should have been given more weightage but alas.

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    • This WTC format is a complete joke on test cricket. How ridiculous is it for teams to slog it out in 4 and 5 test match series only to play a solo test against an unknown opponent masquerading as a championship final? Sorry to say, Test cricket is no T20 and the ICCs attempts to popularize tests by having a format as bogus as this is not gonna have any value in the long run.

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      • I agree top 4 teams should play 4 tests home and away. India, England, NZ, Australia should fight it out amongst each other. bottom team should be relegated to next tier. The top team in next tier should contest a 4/5 test series with the relegated team to get into top 4.

        Finals should be a series of 5 matches, 2 home 2 away and one in a neutral country

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  32. from the highs of Gabba to the lows of Chennai.

    Selection such as Sharan Nazeem are very questionable

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    • You don’t need 3 spinners.
      One seamer out of 2 can easily have an off day so needed 3 seamers.
      2 spinners is enough.
      This is a batting pitch and far too charitable of India to prepare like this. Australia and England secure home advantage by testing opposition with bouncy, seaming pitches. India should be preparing tough spinning wickets.

      Very disappointing day.

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      • With spinning tracks India lost 2-1 when Swann and Panesar bowled India out. Our spinners Ojha and Mishra could not replicate thier success

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        • 1 test series doesn’t matter. Eg. I doubt Australia all of sudden will stop producing bouncy, fast wickets when India tour again just cos they lost 1 series.
          India’s strength is spin bowling and they should have better batting prowess against spin then England.

          Maybe it’s just a bad day for India and a good one for England.

          1st session is crucial tomorrow. Dangermen Stokes and Butler need to be taken out cheaply otherwise a mammoth 500+ score is on the cards.

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      • Kuldeep’s repeated exclusion is highly disappointing. Captain Kohli’s back indeed!

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      • suddenly Bess seems a champion offie over the overrated Ashwin. Whoa

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  33. A miserable day for India in Madras….

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    • Yes horrible. Quite a few odd things aside from team selection. The pitch seems too much of a ‘belter’, will be worried for India if it cracks now…I hope they weren’t banking on winning the toss!
      Still the Aussie series didn’t start well but finished brilliant. I expect India to win this series.

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    • missing Jadeja the all rounder badly. He should be India’s first choice spinner home or away. Shows how overrated Ashwin is.

      back to the real batting heroes of Australia Pujara and Pant to save this humgunous shithole India is in.

      Ashwin and Vihari only basked in the glory of the platform set by the two Ps at SCG.

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      • WTF was the shot from Pujara? He’s gone for 73!!!!!

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      • What a freaking cheeky shot for a 4? and now a six…PANT is crazy!!! Guess we should be used to that.. I am not gonna write any longer since I know i am unlucky for the Indian team…

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        • follow the Bangladesh versus Windies match. Quiet a thriller now reaching the conclusion

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          • what ca great follow up to the Gabba Test. Windies beating all odds and heat Bangladesh on a turner. Kudos to Mayers for his 210*

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          • if India fight back in this series and qualify for finals, I will begin doubting that Test matches are being scripted to make Tests as popular as IPL.

            We saw a similar fightback in BD, SA in Pakistan also with a chance.

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        • Can somebody instill the hammer of disciple in test cricket for PANT please? Please??? I understand his grain of batting … but grow up my boy … understand your role…

          Fine batting…and kudos to you …

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          • XI for next match
            Washington (for opener)
            Gill
            Pujara
            Kohli
            Rahane/Rohit Sharma (Rahane is living on the basis of his Melbourne performance)
            Pant
            Ashwin
            Thakur
            A Patel
            I Sharma
            M Siraj

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          • Pant is just a different breed it seems. I think he needs to check is shot selection as the way he scores…double hundreds are possible.
            But for now I’d take 90 odds any day of the week.

            He’s still a kid for tests.

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          • Pant is getting out in the 90s too often

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          • need some big changes for the next test.

            Likes of Rohit, Ajinkya, Virat should be out on notice period for not performing in the recent matches from Adelaide. Take away Ajinkya’s Melbourne effort and he has been a big zero. Washington, Thakur and Siràj have shown that raw debutants can perform.

            Ashwin with the fake all rounder mask should be clearly informed that he is only a second choice to Jaddu.

            Do they have a worst performer for every match? They should and put him under observation. Like done in corporates.

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          • for the likes of Ravi Shastri, Ashwin, Rohit, Ajinkya, Viratcand fans who keep harping “Form is temporary, Class is permanent”

            Shove that class up your ass, Form is the new norm.

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          • All results possible.
            I say
            England win 50%
            Draw 45%
            India win 5%

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          • another failure for Rohit effing Sharma. Aren’t they selectors tired of keeping out a young talent. Open with Washington next match and drop the useless Rohit

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          • all hopes rest on Gabba heroes to repeat a saving act, win not required here. Pant, Pujara, Gill and Washington

            I hope selectors get some sense and open with form batsmen in next test. Gill and Washington would be my recommendation. Left and Right opening combination wouldn’t let the opposition bowlers settle.

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          • Rahane’s captain material. He ought to be in the team as captain/batsman, just like Ganguly was during the early 00s despite inconsistent performances. Kohli’s team selection borders on favoritism & shady. Rohit’s not got test temperament, not even for a no. 6, forget opener. I have no idea on what basis are u criticizing Ashwin.

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          • One swallow doesn’t make a summer.

            Rahane doesn’t meeit a place as a batsman. Let him be a non playing captain with the coaching staff. Giving instructions and directions from outside the boundary line

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    • who cares?

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      • Kuldeep or Chahal ought to be in the playing 11. A wrist spinner is a wicket taking option on any wicket. No idea on the basis of selection of Nadeem.

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        • both of them, they are in terrible form. and would only lengthen the tail.

          Nadeem was selected as he was a left arm spinner. Embuldeniya had taken heaps of wickets against England. Krunal Pandya was a better option. Would have contributed with bat too

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  34. Sachya’s back-breaking batting in Madras in 1999 – on the genius where he hid his lower back pain with deceiving gestures; finally caught by the commentator….and an icon that was dismissed by some person called a … hmm.. LIEWIRE….?

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  36. PUJARA the boulder gone…70 more overs left….to draw it out

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    • Time for Kohli to prove that he is not just a biological daddy, but a test cricket daddy as well…

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    • All right, Gill gone, will stop commenting; I have always been unlucky for the Indian team….hopefully they draw it out…

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      • draw? you serious ly believe they can?

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        • This precise appalling inconsistency is what i mentioned about earlier and why this bunch (Aus seems to be the only team they perform against) would never be at par with the 2001-10 team. This is India’s 10th test defeat to Eng since Dravid’s & Laxman’s retirement. Great teams do not have ‘bogey’ teams (India won against every team in the 00s despite stiffer opponents like Pak & a stronger WI). This team’s never getting the better of Eng & NZ.

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        • No I don’t actually and was just hoping against hope…apparently I was sure as hell wrong…

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  37. India captain Virat Kohli did not regret picking Shahbaz Nadeem over Kuldeep Yadav but felt the support spinners had let the team down in their opening Test defeat by England on Tuesday.

    Left-arm orthodox spinner Nadeem managed four wickets overall, including two as England amassed 578 in the first innings to take early charge of the contest, while all-rounder Washington Sundar went wicketless.

    https://www.rediff.com/cricket/report/no-regrets-picking-nadeem-ahead-of-kuldeep-kohli-eng-tour-wtc/20210209.htm

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  38. Pujara gone on 21! HEY RAAM!

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  39. another 50 for pant!

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  40. 7 runs needed to avoid follow-on

    Pant is hilarious Behind The Wickets – THODA SA AAGE – MILKHA SINGH BHAAGE!!!

    Great clues to the bowler!!

    Galat waale paair pe daalna ball!!

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  41. For all the drama about the pitch, India’s batsmen seem to be having no issues. Modern day T20 batsmen are a bunch of pussies. I wonder how’d they’d have responded to Barbados of the 80s, Durban & Perth of the 90s or Kotla till a decade ago.

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  42. Superb all round performance by R Ashwin. Still cannot believe this chap was a world cup discard in a team without bowling all rounders.

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  43. Brilliant stumping from Pant – it’s like he’s paying back in this match whoever made fun of his wicket-keeping skills.

    Root and Stokes are getting used to the pitch now and are looking quite stable…

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    • Stokes gone!!!

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      • 7 down at lunch. I want Ashwin to get a rare double of century and 10 wickets. He needs 2 out of the 3 remaining wickets for that to join Botham, Davidson, Imran Khan and Shakib

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        • looks like Ashwin will get to 400 Test wickets before Lyon. He is currently on 394 wickets at Lunch Day 4 2nd Test in Chennai. Still 3 wickets here pending and 2 more Tests to go at Ahmedabad.

          Will Lyon was 10 short beginning of Australia India series, He could only get 9 there. With Australia pulling out of the Saffie tour due to Covid issues, Lyon will need to probably wait till Afghanistan tour Australia later this year.

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        • Yup that would be befitting. Only 1 left now….

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        • Job done. Clinical display. Loved Kohli’s stub-born attitude and intent; Ashwin of course historic, but the most entertaining factor for me has been Pant’s stumpings and caught-behinds…

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          • Pant is developing into undroppable territory.
            Deeply appreciate England’s tactics to get a better pitch but I hope India oblige with a rank turner again as England will only give India grassy pitches later in year.

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          • By the way it was very stupid of Ashwin to give out all the details about his bowling techniques and load-up in the presentation ceremony.

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        • Why is our selection so poor? Why is Bhuvi being ignored and Kuldeep being retained? Given that Bhuvi is a stubborn batsman as well, He would have been useful given the pacers are only bowling a few overs

          Seriously?

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  45. Sachin Tendulkar had also called for the contentious ‘Umpire’s Call’ to be scrapped altogether, terming it as ambiguous, harsh and unfair on players.

    Tendulkar reckoned that the concept is flawed and argued that if the ball is hitting the stumps, even marginally, during the ball-tracking segment of the DRS, it should be given out.

    ‘One thing I don’t agree with, with the ICC, is the DRS they’ve been using for quite some time. It is the LBW decision where more than 50 per cent of the ball must be hitting the stumps for the on-field decision to be overturned,’ Tendulkar added.

    ‘The only reason they (the batsman or the bowler) have gone upstairs is because they are unhappy with the on-field decision, so when the decision goes to the third umpire, let the technology take over; just like in tennis — it’s either in or out, there’s nothing in between,’ Tendulkar said during a video chat with Brian Lara.

    https://www.rediff.com/cricket/report/clamour-to-ban-umpires-call-grows-after-root-decision/20210216.htm

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    • I think rules are transparent and same for both teams.
      I think the technology is not good enough that is why they have 50% of ball for LBW…During run outs, we get into situation with two frames and we wish there were one more intermediate frame to be sure about decision…Or the soft signal based on player’s call…it is difficult to figure if ball has touched ground or fingers went underneath..the perception of depth is misleading in such cases even with technology.

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    • Tendulkar was the first victim of TV umpiring run-out decision

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    • Saeed Ajmal would claim till his grave that he got Sachin out in 2011 WC S/F despite the ball missing the stumps by a yard 😉

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    • Hard act to follow the legend himself. How much of expectations does he face every match..

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      • We should cut some slack for kids of massive legends like Arjun Tendulkar, Abhishek Bachchan and Aryan Khan. They may only achieve a fraction of what their old man achieved

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        • AO finals win gets Grand Slam Title #18 for Djokovic. Along with Rafa and Roger, Novak has been a powerhouse of this era

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          • Djokovic is pound for pound the best tennis player. Not a favourite of mine compared to Federer. But he’s bound to go past 20 now.

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          • Unless some challengers come up like Osaka, Halep to halt the Serena Williams juggernaut. She hasn’t won a Grand slam since 2017 AO. Hard to believe

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  47. Ahmedabad’s Motera stadium is set to host seven international matches on the trot, starting from the third Test between India and England that begins from February 24. Current and former cricketers are in awe of the world’s largest cricket ground that has a seating capacity of 1,10,000. Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen was one of the first cricketers who took to social media and praised the cricket facility in Ahmedabad. Pietersen posted a couple of pictures of the ground and wrote “My goodness! How spectacular does this stadium look for the next Test match in Ahmedabad?! 110K capacity. A Theatre Of Dreams!”

    https://sports.ndtv.com/india-vs-england-2020-21/ind-vs-eng-cricket-fraternity-in-awe-of-ahmedabads-motera-stadium-2374638

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  48. Guptill and Williamson are taking Aussies to the cleaners in 2nd T20 as well….

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    • Meantime, Kohli continues to mess up selection. Even Kuldeep got a second chance in Chennai. Why not Bhuvi? He was player of the match in his last Test at The Wanderers resulting in a series levelling win for India. He should be preferred over Bumrah and Ishant in India where pace bowlers have limited impact. At least Bhuvi could contribute with the bat and strengthen the lower order which is so fragile

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  49. India win. What a strange test match but!! Axar Patel 11 wickets! Glad for Ashwin.

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    • NAMO Stadium makes an impressive debut LOL !!!

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    • Sachin, Dravid, Sourav,VVS & Azhar used to get 300+ scores on such wickets in the 90s & early 00s. Matthew Hayden got the better of Indian spinners on similar wickets in 2001. This wicket’s not half as lethal as Mumbai 2004, yet the batting scores from both sides are shocking. Pretty much shows the quality of batsmen in testing circumstances in the T20 era.

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    • Shortest test match since 1935! Quite awful batting throughout.

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      • In Motera Test, 2 innings totalled
        India 194/10
        England 193/20

        Elsewhere in a T20I in Dunedin
        Australia 215/8
        NZ 219/7

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        • Hahaha saw this yesterday. But test match was very exciting IMO. Once every blue moon, it is OK to have such innocuous result. Even if at receiving end. That first over from Axar Patel in England’s 2nd innings was sheer theatre.

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        • I am not that worried about the pitch condition. My English friends are not happy. Batting was possible just very poor. Like the 2nd test you were never in as a batsmen as you could get an unusual delivery any time. So strategy should have been get in quick, score quick and last as long as possible.

          India never complain in alien conditions for them. You have to adjust.

          It wasn’t a dangerous pitch. 70% of wickets were bowled/lbw – batsmen were playing for spin that didn’t happen.

          That said you don’t want many matches finishing in 2 days. And certainly you don’t want that stigma attached that you will carry on doing it like this.

          Balance should be there.

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          • You mean England should have selected him?
            http://m.espncricinfo.com/england/content/player/232438.html

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          • The entire debate around the pitch is the stuff of drama queens. The Motera pitch was very similar to the one used in Chepauk for the 2nd test & had India gotten 245 instead of 145 or Sharma gotten another 160 runs, we wouldn’t be having this debate. I remember similar complaints after the Mohali test of 2015 against SA but Nagpur offered the same conditions and India’s batsmen outdid SA by a mile. Test cricket’s about beating the home team at its own game like Eng did to India in 2012 or India to the Aussies last month. Precisely why its called Test Cricket. Whining about pitches is not Test cricket’s spirit.

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          • I agree a lot. On the flipside, it is a 5 day game. The attempt should be to prepare a pitch that plays for 5 days. I agree though there is enough evidence that
            1) India scored 2 centuries in 2nd test
            2) India lost the toss here but still won. It eliminates the winning toss wins match theory.
            3) England and Australian media are a bunch of whiners overall.

            I wouldn’t want this kind of pattern all the time…

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          • England are considering a formal complaint about the Ahmedabad pitch that saw the third Test descend into a farce lasting barely more than five sessions.

            Coach Chris Silverwood revealed on Friday he is in discussion with captain Joe Root over England’s response to the second under-prepared surface in successive Tests that saw excessive turn from the start, in breach of ICC regulations.

            And, if they decide to press ahead, England will make their second representation to match referee Javagal Srinath following their plea for ‘consistency’ from TV umpire Chettithody Shamshuddin after he twice rapidly ruled in India’s favour on the first day.

            https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/cricket/article-9304493/England-consider-formal-complaint-state-Ahmedabad-pitch.html?fbclid=IwAR0SIo_HnCS7yz7VHKjwCnRUofx58nFBJSTA0RbrWrks0FVEF-sQ57mjxwA

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          • Hmmm…the pitches are breaking traditions. Australia/England expect seaming conditions from start and then the pitch to aid spinners later. The complaint is hollow. India can say in this match at least they won by 10 wickets and in the 2nd test two test centuries were scored.

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          • Just read the comments section. English fans themselves are mocking their team for being sore losers. Ha!

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          • Shastri talk to motivate Team India.

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  50. Yusuf Pathan, former India all-rounder, announced his retirement from all formats of cricket on Friday. Yusuf, the older brother of another former India cricketer Irfan Pathan, is a two-time World Cup winner. Yusuf has also won the Indian Premier League twice with Kolkata Knight Riders – in 2012, 2014 – and once with Rajasthan Royals in 2008. “I thank my family, friends, fans, teams, coaches and the whole country wholeheartedly for all the support and love,” tweeted Yusuf along with a retirement statement.

    https://sports.ndtv.com/cricket/yusuf-pathan-announces-retirement-from-all-forms-of-cricket-2379330?pfrom=home-ndtv_topstories

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  51. https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/indians-are-boycotting-actor-spiderman-actor-tom-holland-for-narendra-modi-stadium-comment-2379500?pfrom=home-ndtv_lateststories

    Indians Are ‘Boycotting’ Spiderman Star For PM Modi Comment. But They Got The Wrong Man
    Many of those trending the hashtag seem to believe that Tom Holland, the actor, was being paid for tweeting against PM Modi.

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    • Spiderman actor Tom Holland should sue the writer Tom Holland for loss of business for his films!

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      • Bumrah will miss next test. Should have been rested after the return from Australia. His contribution with ball will be non existent in this series. I wanted Bhuvi to get a look in instead.
        ://www.espncricinfo.com/story/ind-vs-eng-4th-test-jasprit-bumrah-granted-leave-for-personal-reasons-and-will-miss-fourth-test-1253291

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  53. Ashwin’s on fire!

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  54. Ashwin’s spot on here.

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    • Very good

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      • He does have a point but test match is for five days. I want at least 3-4 days of match. It is a problem with Australia/SA or NZ/England pitches as well. Like umpiring, pitch could be made neutral. I don’t know the repercussions but two days 4 inning is bad so is a dead wicket where people score too many runs.

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        • Interesting insights on movies by Ashwin

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        • Agree that test should be atleast for 4 days.
          But Is the pitch bad or the batting not skilled enough on spinning or swing tracks?

          Ashwin is raising exatcly this point and i agree with him.

          For me a bad pitch is which is uneven or which is dangerous to bat on for uneven pace or where the bounce is either extremely low or high.

          Rest all are good.

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          • jayshah Says:

            Agreed on your description here. This was not a viscous turner where ball was spinning crazy. I think the critics are unhappy because it bounced early. There are more dangerous instances where a batsmen would fear facing a WI pace attack on a poor uneven, unpredictable wicket – without a helmet!

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  55. Moaning and groaning has to stop: Vivian Richards slams Ahmedabad pitch critics. Batting great Vivian Richards said England have been taken out of their comfort zone and that instead of moaning and groaning about the pitches, the visitors should look to improve and overcome their challenges.

    https://www.indiatoday.in/sports/cricket/story/india-vs-engand-ahmedabad-pitch-critics-vivian-richards-reaction-moaning-groaning-1774142-2021-03-01

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  56. sanjana Says:

    Virat Kohli on Monday became the first Indian to cross 100 million followers on Instagram. The right-handed batsman is also the first cricketer in the world to achieve the landmark and the International Cricket Council (ICC) took to the social media site to welcome Kohli into an elite club that features football stars like Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar, among other celebrities. After Kohli, actor Priyanka Chopra is the most followed Indian on Instagram with over 60 million followers.

    Apart from Instagram, Kohli also has a massive fan-following on other social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook. As of now he has 40.8 million followers on the micro-blogging site, while has over 36 million likes on Facebook.

    Portugal and Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo is the most followed individual on Instagram with over 266 million followers. He is followed by famous singer Ariana Grande who has 224 million followers, while retired WWE superstar Dwayne

    https://sports.ndtv.com/cricket/virat-kohli-becomes-first-indian-to-cross-100-million-followers-on-instagram-2381448?pfrom=home-ndtv_lateststories

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    • jayshah Says:

      Potatoes, potatos point.
      They would have got wickets that were not genuine too!

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      • Not really. Bhajji was the beneficiary of lack of DRS balls pitching outside leg and home umpires giving LBW (Gilchrist comes to mind in Kolkata). This would have been overturned in DRS age. Also umpiring standard in India were bad during Harbhajan/Jumbo days

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        • Shivaay Says:

          Agreed most definitely. Harbhajan wouldn’t have gotten a hattrick had it been for DRS. Yet the final wicket tally of 619 for Kumble and 417 for Harbhajan would have more or less remained the same as DRS is a double edge sword. Ashwin’s miles ahead of Bhajji as a off spinner now that he’s performed in alien conditions too. Kumble’s 619 tally might not be breached though. And Kumble’s the best performing ODI bowler among the lot too, not to forget his legendary 24 wicket haul in Australia in 03-04.

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        • Plus Harbhajan always played with a full arm jersey to hide the arm bending. Ashwin always plays with half arm sleeve.

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  57. 15/2 England….

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    • Stunning delivery from Stokes – INDIA on the mat – KOHLI again a duck – 43/3

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      • One over before lunch .. and Rahane who was playing poetically, gone. 80/4. India under huge pressure.

        Yodha, correct me if I am wrong – a draw here still means India will make it to the final at Lords; only a loss will keep India out. Correct?

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        • Yes, that’s right but a win would have India top the table while a draw would place at # 2. Bragging rights

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          • Shivaay Says:

            Kiwis are a bogey team. Plus we’re gonna be playing at Lord’s in a ONE OFF test! May the best fluke win.. All hail the ICC *slow claps*

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          • Kane Williamson is #1 Test batter today. Ably supported by Latham, Taylor, Nichols, Watling.
            Plus a super pace attack with Boult, Southee Wagner and Jamieson.
            Add to this spinning all round work of Santner, they are a well settled unit.

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          • Indian batsmen other than Rohit(who is bad in overseas Tests) and Pant are in terrible form.
            Gill, Kohli, Pujara, Rahane can’t get a decent knock amongst themselves.

            NZ are favorites

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  60. Amitabh Bachchan was captivating the audience with ”Zanjeer” and ”Deewar” while Kishore Kumar was belting out iconic chartbusters during those heady days of ’70s. And what was Sunil Gavaskar doing? He was carrying a young nation’s hopes on his shoulders, using cricket as a metaphor for life, giving a lesson or two in “how to fight a good fight”. Come March 6, Gavaskar will complete 50 years of his association with Indian cricket — five decades when he has remained ever-relevant taking on a variety of roles. “Mr Bachchan still is India’s greatest icon and the late Kishore Kumar is evergreen and unforgettable. So if you ask me, I am humbled to have been even thought of in the same bracket,” Gavaskar told PTI in an exclusive interview on the eve of the 50th anniversary of his Test debut in the West Indies.

    https://sports.ndtv.com/cricket/humbling-to-be-in-same-bracket-as-amitabh-bachchan-kishore-kumar-says-sunil-gavaskar-on-completing-50-year-in-indian-cricket-2384469?pfrom=home-ndtv_cricket

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  61. Good lead by India but really sad for Washington on missing out a ton and Patel his 50.

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    • Washington should bat in top 6. The Indian lower order conspired to deny him the 100 on instructions from Kohli. Else one of the top 6 was going to get the axe.

      High time Ishant retired. Give him a farewell Thank You match. At 32 years don’t see more cricket left arm in him

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      • Sundar is getting hard runs.
        In Gabba when 6 wickets were down he and Thakur forged a match turning partnership

        In Chennai, he was the lone warrior with England having posted 600+, he made 85

        In A’bad he came at 146/6 with India in serious threat of giving a first innings lead. Along with Pant took score to 365. Nevermind he was stranded on 96*

        These runs show great character he possesses. If one says his technique is not good enough for top 6, look at Steve Smith.

        Sundar could become a Steve Smith

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      • I do not know about the conspiracy part. The character of an innings is measured by many different metrics, not just on the paper-record and statistics. To me, Tendulkar’s 136 in Chennai versus Pak and his 98 off 75 against Pak in 2003 in Centurion remains his best. Though he won the the Sharjah desert storm alone on back to back centuries and really carried the burden of the team, his play in Centurion remains my favorite. He was facing Akram, Waqar, and Shoaib. Go figure. So I think his 94 will and should be taken in the right spirit and shouldn’t be dismissed just for that lack of a century.

        Sundar showed remarkable grit, composure, and determination. He was getting tired early in the morning but he played a classy, master-piece of an innings. He showed respect to the bowlers and picked on the hits very judiciously. This is not a number 8 batsman does!!

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        • Concerns of poor run of form by India batsmen in England series
          Virat 172@28.66
          Pujara 133@22.16
          Gill 119@19.83
          Rahane 112@18.66

          Rohit, Pant, Ashwin, Sundar had to bail our batting out

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          • Key test players should be taken away from IPL to focus on test championship finals. I mean this is once in a decade opportunity.

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          • Agreed. Kohli’s especially is worrying since I think he got out for duck twice!! Rahane is in form if you look at the way he got to his 28 but is just not able to to convert his flow into a big score. Gill is becoming inconsistent. It is indeed bewildering that it is mainly the lower order and the spinners that have been the back-bone of wins in Australia and India.

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          • Shivaay Says:

            Rahane’s been horrendously patchy for over 4 years now. He’s averaging under 35 since the 2016-17 season with barely any big scores to his credit. The only reason he’s survived thus far is because of the fact that till the Aussie tour India couldn’t find a middle order batsman who could even match up to Rahane’s limited performances (especially overseas). Now with Vihari, KL Rahul & Mayank staring down and Washington performing well with the bat with Jadeja waiting in the wings, Rahane’s days are numbered unless he pulls up his socks. For a guy who possesses the talent that he does and one who scored 8 test hundreds in his first 3 years of International test cricket (one each in Aus, Eng, WI & NZ with a 96 in SA too) he’s been Indian cricket’s biggest disappointment of the decade! From having being called the next Azharuddin or VVS of the middle order he’s now gonna have to perform or perish, especially with age not being on his side.

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      • Shivaay Says:

        “High time Ishant retired. Give him a farewell Thank You match. At 32 years don’t see more cricket left arm in him” ~ rubbish! He’s still India’s premier fast bowler anywhere outside of home. Shami & Umesh are the same age and you do not chuck out guys solely on the age criteria, else Anderson & Broad would have left cricket 6 years ago. Thank goodness you aren’t a team selector or else we’d be seeing half a dozen changes every game.

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        • Then stop playing Ishant/Bumrah at home.

          Why is Bhuvi not getting selected even though he was Player of the match in his last Test. Plus he is a better batsman

          On my selection, I had put up India’s best XI for Gabba test one day prior. And that was the exact team that played. And we can see the result.

          Till we drop some non performing old timers, we are not going to unearth new talent like Siraj

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  62. Shivaay Says:

    The Father of modern day power hitting. Till the 1996 WC the traditional ODI approach was to preserve wickets till the 40th over and then go for the slog in the last 10. Jayasuriya with his brand of aggressive batting in the first 15 overs (catching the opposition unawares & putting them on the backfoot) turned the entire game on its head. So impactful was his brand of cricket, it went on to inspire an entire generation of young budding batsmen including the millennial greats like Chris Gayle, Sehwag and Adam Gilchrist. Even his contemporaries like Saeed Anwar and the great Sachin Tendulkar himself underwent a paradigm shift in their batsmanship post Sanath’s ’96 WC exploits. It wouldn’t be unfair to call Jayasuriya the “Father of modern day T20” just like Vivian Richards is perhaps the Father of ODI batsmanship.

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    • Jayasuriya and Romesh Kaluwitharana were terror…
      Even Mark Greatbatch was deadly on Newzeland small grounds with his slices.

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