The Sports Thread 2022

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  1. Pujara and Rahane playing a blinding counter attack knock each. 50’s each in under 70 balls.

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  2. Glad to see seniors Pujara and Rahane deliver what’s expected of them on a tricky wicket in the absence of Kohli.

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    • Long rope without any returns. Drop both of ’em. Why denying a talent like Shreyas Iyer who got a fabulous century on debut?

      Form is real performance of character, Class is casteism for the escapist.

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      • Both need the Usman Khwaja treatment . Drop them and ley them work domestically. And give them a single comeback opportunity. If they score a daddy ton, persist (with caution) for extended run

        No one has the guts to take hard decisions.

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  3. At one end, India skipper is the first one to get out and start the wicket procession, while the Proteas skipper scores nearly 100 seeing his team to victory. Keep giving longer ropes to Non Performers.

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    • we need dogged batters like Elgar and Dravid over class that are KL Rahul, Kohli, Pujara, Rahane, Rohit, Agrawal, Gill, Ashwin or attacking such as Pant

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    • 1. Australia should never have had a process that implicates anyone like this in first place. It should be firm YES or NO before even stepping foot on plane.
      2. Australia have known for at least a year about this. Why does it have to come about AFTER Djokovic is in Australia itself.
      3) if chain of pictures is true why is Djokovic out AFTER testing positive and risking others
      4) Is Djokovic actually covid positive or is it a fake positive to get into Australia?

      Why Why Why do people have to make things complicated?

      I’m more on Djokovic side here because like many people they can see how government don’t even obey there own rules and regulations. So he’s probably trying to pull one off here from under the carpet. Fair play but at same time it’s very irresponsible if he’s covid positive on Dec 16th.

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  4. Well, I hope he is not allowed to play after all the drama by his country and his parents.
    If it was an Indian or Pakistani celebrity, he would not have received the same treatment on the Australian soil. They would have been deported immediately.
    A day after Australia cancelled the visa of menโ€™s tennis world No.1 Novak Djokovic because is unvaccinated, the Australian Border Force (ABF) is now checking the entry details of other foreign players in the country for the Australian Open.
    Australia mandates not just a Covid vaccine certificate but also a negative RT-PCR test 72 hours prior to arriving in the country.
    Czech player Renata Voracova had joined Novak Djokovic in the immigration detention on Thursday despite already having been allowed into the country and playing in a match before having her visa cancelled.

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    • I’m NOW LIVID with Djokovic.
      He has tested positive on Dec 16th
      Next 2days he is out at some school charity event and then with French magazine L’Equipe.

      1)On Section 501 Australia should kick Djokovic back home after failing character test of human being. This is not even a moral quandary anymore.

      Djokovic has either
      1) falsified PCR test – quite easily possible in a country where he is considered a GOD
      2) He tested positive and hung around children and magazines for next 2 days

      Tell me which option is worse.

      Australia can still invoke S501 but I prefer to see fellow colleagues shun Djokovic and refuse to play him and let him celebrate his victory ๐Ÿ–•๐Ÿ–•๐Ÿ–•๐Ÿ–•๐Ÿ–•

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  5. Novak Djokovic’s Visa Cancelled By Australia For Second Time, Faces 3-Year BanAustralia’s government cancelled Novak Djokovic’s visa for a second time Friday as it sought to deport the tennis superstar over his Covid-19 vaccine status.

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  6. Shivaay, Keep giving a longer rope to failures such as this batting line up and we will never win in SA. SA gave opportunities to yoing blood like Petersen and Jensen and they have delivered and how.

    Yet we deprive likes of Shreyas Iyer and Vihari of making a mark with chances for PuRane

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  7. When Virat took over as Test captain, India winning a test overseas was an achievement, now if India lose an overseas test series it is an upset. And that’s how far he has taken Indian cricket forward, and that will be his legacy. Congratulations on successful reign @imVkohli ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป https://t.co/My2MOXNwMc

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    • Not quite true when you consider India almost won in Aus in 2003 against the invincibles, won in Pakistan in 04, WI in 06, England in 07 & NZ in 09. The 1-1 draw in SA in 2010-11 is our best performance in SA yet.

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      • yes, while today’s pace bowling is the best the Ganguly led team were best Indian top 6 batting team by a mile – Gambhir, Sehwag, Dravid, SRT, VVS, Ganguly

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        • Strong batting line ups help you set up games and save games. Exactly why we played so many respectable draws overseas in the 2000s despite having just 2 match winning bowlers in Kumble & Zaheer, the batsmen made sure we got huge runs on board. Today’s incompetent batting line up is incapable of batting even 90 overs a day to set up the game for their bowlers. Most seem to be batting in T20 mode in tests. They need to watch Dean Elger’s performance or some of their coach’s innings.

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      • Yes those win were celebrated. Several other Losses were not accounted. Virat’s era and this resignation does provide accoutability like never before.

        Also role of Gaguly has come our negative. Virat got under unnecessary pressure after Sourav became BCCI president. The hunger for power and dominance instead of focussing on administration and well being of players, can destroy talent, captains and teams.

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        • I suspect Kohli might be backing his friends like Rahane and Pujara, while Ganguly might want to drop these non performers

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        • Kohli’s atrocious on field behavior is the real long rope. This guy needs to be banned for a year for his ridiculous antics. He’s as much a disgrace to the game as Ricky Ponting during his infamous days as captain. Today’s 2 minute noodle T20 gen has no idea of Ganguly’s contribution to shaping Indian cricket.

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        • Accountability is the reason why Sourav was sacked in 2005 and Rahul resigned in 2007 despite winning in England against a formidable English side, something that Kohli’s side would never manage anyway. Barring having the record of not losing a single home series in his tenure, his performance as captain has been mediocrity of the highest level. 2 series defeats against a second rung South Africa, a 1-4 result in England, disgraceful losses to NZ and even the Aussie win was under Rahane (36 all out with him at the helm!). Not to forget the shocking WC semi final exit against a lackluster Kiwi side which was on a losing spree at the time (compare this with 2003s run).

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          • Add the disappointment of T20I world Cup exit and first ever loss to Pakistan.

            But Kohli did have issues with coaches like he ousted Anรฌl Kumble before. Now same problem with Rahul Dravid. He was most comfortable with Bevda Ravi Shastri, as he got a free hand with that drunkard.

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    • Easily Indias best test captain by a mile. Walked the talk, was okay to play 5 bowlers, was never worried about his own average anytime, played for a win every time he walked out. 40 test wins will never be crossed ever. A bit sad that he has to resign due to external factors. As such he could have continued in tests for sometime and let Rahul continue in white ball. Amazing dedication to fitness and probably his vision of creating a wolf pack of pace bowlers who are fit will help the next captain. He can walk way with his head held high. The wins in Aus, Eng, Wi, SL are all special and in home he never even drew a single series forget losing one

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      • He did lose the first Test against England at Chennai by selecting Shahbaaz Nadeem. His selections were disappointing. Supporting talent such as Bumrah, Shami, Siraj is one thing but selecting rank non performers was the cause of this fall as a captain

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        • I mean he never lost a SERIES in India. Not even a Drawn one. Every series in India is a win. Anyways i dont think he was being asked to resign. We are leading vs England 2-1 and that was just the last over seas series. We have finished No 1 last 6 years and have won 6 test maces on the trot. These are outstanding numbers which will stand the test of time. He has resigned on his own and we can respect that decision and move on. Yes he clinged on to Rahane for too long but then now the younger lots will get their chance. Virat as a batsman still remains very important for the team.
          Contrary to misconceptions, Kohli didnt inherit anything from Dhoni. Shami and Umesh were 10 test old, Jadeja was 12 test old, Ashwin was 23 test old but had presided over the 2012 test series loss in India. The only fully developed bowler he got was Ishant Sharma who had played 54 tests but was averaging over 39 at that time. Less said about the batters the better that he got. No Fab 4 nothing. And he leaves behind probably atleast 6 or 7 pace bowlers who will perform for the next captain. The side he inherited was No 7 in test ranking, the side he leaves behind is No 1 in test rankings. The vision of having fast 5 bowlers was put into place from the very first he managed. Kohli shouts in the face of classic middle class values: shyness, conformity, niceness. He is more Australian and will never appeal to people who will rather keep Rahane in the team who has no tattoos. He defied convention. No wonder Australians like him as much as any other cricketer they like.Kohli stood for test cricket, he gave it importance and the next captain has to do the same for it to thrive in India.
          I dont want to compare him with any predecessor but for me he is the best. And i have seen cricket since the Kerry Packer era. One can have their opinion and no point debating that. I will stand with mine

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          • Dhoni quit captaincy when there was a clear successor. Kohli is leaving the team in a limbo, no clear successor. Rohit’s not a certainty in SENA countries having only one century at Lord’s. Rahul blows hot and cold while Pant may be too immature.

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          • correction: Rohit’s century was at the Oval, not Lord’s

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      • Indeed. Defeating minnows WI & SL and a half strength Aus, abusing every single opponent, shouting into stump mics, losing every important game as captain and what not. Great captains are one’s who form and shape a generation, not ones who inherit an already formed structure and mess it up with antics. Kohli’s no match to the likes of Pataudi, Wadekar, Kapil, Sourav & MSD.

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        • Problem is entire middle order are beyond their prime. Pujara, Kohli and Rahane are in 33 and above years old. Players are in their prime 28-32 years range . There should be more focus to play such batters in late twenties.

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  8. what a pathetic performance by Rahul the batter and the csptain. He has single handedly turned the tide for South Africa in the Tests and now struggling with the ODIs. He is making a part time bowler like Markram serm like Saqlain Mushtaq. Batted very slowly and selfishly in 2nd ODI

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  10. Impressive performance from Prasidh. He can generate pace and bounce. Washington Sunder’s over to Odeon Smith was quite good.

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  11. Accha now even Glen Maxwell has a desi; a TamBrahm from Mambalam no less as his wife…all desi girls going for whities; Apte, Zinta, Ilena, God knows who else…

    What’s lacking in us? I mean I know 1000 things lacking in me…but there are other text-book corroborated desi guys as well…

    https://www.timesnownews.com/sports/cricket/article/glenn-maxwell-set-to-marry-indian-origin-fiance-wedding-card-printed-in-tamil-goes-viral-see-pic/858777

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  12. So Bishnoi is new googly wunder-kid googly bowler?

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  13. That was one ridiculous shot by Pant – one handed – with a ‘heavy’ bat on the leg for 6…seriously ridiculous…

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  14. now what has Virat achieved as a captain? no ICC trophies for him. What was all the comparison with MSD and trying to show that VK is a better captain than the legend himself.

    Will those people kindly justify their opinions now in reply below

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  16. Last month, there was huge controversy when a journalist reported that a ‘BCCI official’ had been interfering with team selection for quite some time. The journalist said the official did so by inviting himself to selection committee meeting despite knowing that he had no business attending those meetings.

    The former India captain not just rejected the accusations thrown at him but also offered a gentle reminder to his critics — much before becoming the BCCI boss, he was a celebrated India cricketer and played in a whopping 424 international matches — 113 of them Tests.

    https://www.rediff.com/cricket/report/how-ganguly-undermined-indias-selectors/20220304.htm

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  17. jayshah Says:

    Shane Warne is no more. Unbelievable, cannot believe such horrible news.

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    • Shivaay Says:

      A complete disaster but not entirely surprising knowing his lifestyle.. a great great cricketer nevertheless! Will be sorely missed

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  18. Great Crickter.

    RIP…

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  19. Sunil Gavaskar Expresses Regret Over Ill-Timed Comment On Shane Warne”In hindsight, that question should not have been asked and I should not have answered as it was not the right time for any comparison or evaluation,” Sunil Gavaskar said.

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  21. Former Mumbai Cricketer Rahul Mankad, Son of Vinoo Mankad, Passes Away – Report

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  22. Pak easily chasing a huge total of 348 with Imam-ul-Haq’s knock and Babar just splitting the Australian ‘attack’ wide open. Babar is turning out to the next Mr. Consistent in the sub-continent. God knows when our Mr. Virat comes back to form…

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  23. check complete thread..

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  24. sanjana Says:

    “Anil Kumble Too Much Of A Disciplinarian, Team Members Weren’t Happy”: Former BCCI Committee Of Administrators Head Vinod Rai In BookIn his recently published book ‘Not Just A Nightwatchman: My Innings with BCCI’, published by ‘Rupa’, Rai touched upon various issues that he dealt with during his 33-month tenure.

    https://sports.ndtv.com/cricket/anil-kumble-too-much-of-a-disciplinarian-team-members-werent-happy-former-bcci-committee-of-administrators-head-vinod-rai-in-book-2868226#pfrom=home-ndtv_topstories

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  26. “Men’s Uniforms Were Re-Stitched For Women’s Players”: Former BCCI Committee of Administrators Chairman Vinod Rai
    https://sports.ndtv.com/cricket/mens-uniforms-were-re-stitched-for-womens-players-former-bcci-committee-of-administrators-chairman-vinod-rai-2897481#pfrom=home-ndtv_topscroll

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  27. Just like Shastri, Key has also been an acclaimed commentator for a long time and doesn’t have a coaching degree as he tries to ease into a new and very different role.

    “I didn’t have coaching badges [either]. Level one? Level two? **** that. And in a country like India, there is always jealousy or a gang of people willing you to fail. I had a thick skin, thicker than the leather of the Dukes ball you use. A real solid hide.

    “And you need a bloody hide over here. Rob will develop this as he does the job, because every day you are judged. And I am glad he has a lot of captaincy experience from his time at Kent, because communication with the players is absolutely paramount,” Shastri was quoted as saying by the British newspaper.

    https://m.rediff.com/cricket/report/in-india-jealous-gang-wanted-me-to-fail-ravi-shastri-wtc/20220426.htm

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