The Sports Thread 2023

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  1. Vijay Shivaay Says:

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  2. Pointless having technology when you have idiots sitting behind the box..

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  3. NZ 15/5!!! Crazy; will this be another Bracewell storm? Pandey catch was fantastic…

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  4. INDIA committing hara-kiri after a powerful start: also, why would NZ elect to field after winning toss on such a wicket?

    and why am I seeing the vimal gutka ad with AK, SRK, and AD even after AK apologized is supposed to have withdrawn the ad😒

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  6. IS the NZ curse broken? NZ 21/5!! Loving it!

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  8. Wonderful display by the Indians. That stumping was a joy to watch!! Not for nothing is test cricket the ‘penultimate’ test!!

    And whenever San Manju bhai derides Jaddu, Jaddu comes back with a bang! Lage rao Manju bhai, aur ek do twitter post daal do ☺

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  11. Kohli was clearly not out. A very difficult LBW decision but not out. What a series this. This is turning out to be a damn good series. Test cricket at one of its best. And wonderful seeing a major number in the crowd for a test match.

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    • One of the Master’s many best:

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      • A difference of daylights between the 2. Sydney wasn’t as flat and dead a wicket and lets not get into the quality of opposition bowlers. Kohli’s miles away from the master in the red ball format. He isn’t even the best of this gen. Check out Kane Williamson’s astonishing match winning 126 vs SL today!

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        • This is how the media manipulates.. and LIES!! The same as some of these Khans being equated with AB

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        • That Sydney test was a road too only like this one. Close to 1700 runs were scored in the game. There was no Warne or mcgrath in the game.

          But more importantly it is unfair to compare such tests. The only similarity is that both batsmen were in some form of a patch and had to concentrate hard over 350 + balls to get a good score. Whether a road or tough pitch playing so many balls demand lot of concentration for sure. As you just need one false shot to get out like how Pujara and Rohit found out as they looked good to get a big scor too

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        • There was a lot on that Sydney test. It was Steve Waugh’s last test, Tendulkar got some awful decisions against him. He scored 300+ unanswered runs and if Patel had his gloves on on the final day maybe India could have won. Plus it was an epic test series.

          India’s performance was remarkable in that series…Ganguly hit a ton, Dravid/Laxman played the whole day again!, Sehwag smashed nearly 200 in a day.

          I genuinely think that test series was crucial milestone for India.

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        • Smith is the best test player of this generation. Kane would be worst of the fab 4. His record outside NZL is quite poor…Kohli if not for that last 3 years would have challenged Smith a pity he had such a bad patch, His SENA record of 11 tons is still excellent though specially in this era when pitches have been largely poor
          But i agree that the last 3 years will affect his test legacy unless he recovers in next 2 years to get back the lost 3 years

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        • Sydney test had the Aussies losing 16 wickets across both innings. The match went well into the second innings. Kohli has a poor record in NZ and comparing the first class level bowlers Aus & SA have today compared to the likes of Warne, McGrath, Gillespie, Donald, Pollock etc itself makes a Kohli-SRT comparison void. Plus Kohli isn’t playing Pakistan or facing Ambrose & Walsh in the WI. It was a lot more than just SENA back then. As for Kane, its about getting runs when it matters the most rather than the sheer numbers. Kohli’s contribution in every major ODI world cup or the overseas Aussie series wins of 2018 & 2020 is pale compared to Rohit/Dhawan in ODIs and Pujara in those 2 Aussie series. Very typical of Virat to get a 180 on a dead track where Gill’s already put you on track. Barring the T20 format (which is hardly cricket anyway) his contributions at critical tournaments and matches in both tests & ODIs is highly circumspect.

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        • I’d rather have him quit T20s for good and focus on ensuring India a strong performance in the 2023 and 27 WCs as well as the next Eng and SA test series. Misplaced priorities is what tarnishes legacies.

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        • No doubt that was a great test series but it was also played on some very good batting pitches. You rarely get those kind of runs in a series these days. Just about 25 wickets fell in that Sydney test, India declared twice if i remember, thats not too different from this test. Just that run scoring is always easier on Aus true tracks rather than the slow tracks of India. It was an important test series as we probably started believing in ourselves playing away far more…
          I do think that the last decade in tests have been played on some really poor tracks. Draws are very less now and tests are ending sooner than even 4 days…And one cant say with certainty that playing Steyn/Morkel/Philander or Starc/hazelwood/cummins or Anderson/Broad/Waokes or Trent/Southee/Wagner on pitches that dont support batting are easier.
          One reason why there are not as many players having above 50 Avg in tests now is i feel the last decade has not been very kind to batsman. Cricinfo had an article on this few years why this eras pitches are the worst for batters as compared to the 2000s

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        • Tests getting over within 4 days is more to do with lack of quality batsmanship than pitches. Indian wickets in the 90s during the Sachin/Azhar era were as much rank turners as today yet those guys scored far more than this lot. The Aussie wickets in the 2003 series might have been true to bat on but had a lot of bounce compared to the 2018 series where the bounce was barely till knee high (yet no one barring Pujara got big runs).

          The current line up on this Headingly surface under overcast conditions would come a cropper. Likes of Dravid and Sachin with Sehwag, VVS & Sourav is a batting order any team would pay a bounty for, even on today’s so called poor pitches (which are still true compared to the early 90s and early 00s).

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        • When youngsters grow up playing more T20 than tests, temperament and application issues are bound to be there. Gavaskar/Richards/Lara/Tendulkar/Dravid/Kallis/Sanga didn’t play on highways all their lives.

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        • “No doubt that was a great test series but it was also played on some very good batting pitches” – so was the 2018-19 and 2020-21 series in Australia (barring the pink ball test). Yet batsmen from both sides struggled far more than the 2003-04 series.

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        • Headingley Day 1 and what Bangar and Dravid did was too good. Remember seeing that test like a hawk and it was amazing batting, The surface was toughest to bat when they batted.
          2018 the Melbourne and Sydney were flat trackers (Think Pant too had a ton and Virat a 80 odd) but the first test was a tough pitch and second test in perth was a very low scoring affair (That Virat ton is a masterclass there)
          The 2018 England and SA series away were on very difficult tracks. In fact the lords test 2018 has a record of having highest swing on a particular morning in many years. Those twin test series eng away and SA away were as tough batting surfaces as i have ever seen since the 1987 when i started watching cricket.
          Will see if i can dig out the cricinfo article which compared the degree of batting difficulty

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        • Are you comparing the batting ability of SRT and Kohli in the red ball format? 🤔
          Tracks in SA and UK during the 2018 tours can possibly not be tougher than ’96, Centurion 2001 and the 2002/06 tours. They can be at par at best.. not tougher! Today’s batsmen have lost the art of playing gritty test innings, Pujara and Kohli are the last 2 standing. Next gens gonna be worse! Even the talented AJ Rahane who got 8 hundreds in his first 29 tests lost the plot once he was addicted to the IPL. Cricinfo might have an obligation to defend modern day test cricket but anyone’s whose watched the red ball format from the 80s to 00s knows how its degraded.

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        • In red ball Dravid Sachin and Sunny towers above rest of Indian greats anyday. I was more pointing on how the pitches have changed to becoming more result oriented. As you say it could be due to IPL but at same time DRS also has an influence as a batsman cannot survive a bad decision anymore. The main reason why we have only 3 batters with over 50 runs average could be due to the pitches.

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        • DRS works both ways. In past batsmen both survived or were wrongfully given out.
          I will agree with Shivaay, quality of test cricket has gone down but the excitement is there due to more results.

          There is no doubt the golden generation of bowlers were in 70s to 00s. Also i have no doubt that Kohli would have prospered in that generation too. He is star quality. Likewise Pujara too.

          The average batsman and bowler is less than before and because both skills have diminished it still throws up exciting test cricket.

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        • Averages are probably lower because of impatience and higher strike rates. Too much of the short format has influenced the outcome of test cricket.

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        • Also I’m not sure on point wrt lower test averages. Looking at highest 63 ranked…8 are active players…4 have higher test averages than Tendulkar/lara/Dravid/yousuf/Ponting. Voges too if I count you get 5 players and only Sangkarra and Kallis sneak above Williamson. I’d argue the exact opposite. The truly ‘elite’ batsmen of today’s era end up with higher averages than the elite of previous era less Bradman! Probably because they are smart enough to separate the 3 formats of the game. The batsman today need a wider range of skills to prosper. Skills in past were narrower but they were just better at mastering the skill.
          Bowlers get no benefit from the game in decades. Majority of rules aid batsmen. The shorter boundaries.

          The strategies evolve. Who declared at 300 odd ever? England did few weeks back. There is too much impatience to score runs fast.

          Test cricket is 5 days for a reason. Teams should spend that time…

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        • “batsman cannot survive a bad decision anymore.” – but they sure can survive the shockers like one’s given to SRT by Daryl Harper in 99 and Bucknor in 2003 and 08.

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        • Under 40 test averages are now a global trend, not just in India. Batsmen score quicker (leading to results) yet the lack of temperament is surely impacting test batsmanship. Check out some of the atrocious batting here

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    • Most of the 2000s legends did equally well on the landmines of the 90s as well. Cannot say the same for the current crop. Its media’s obligation to distort a picture for the present benefit (just like they’d have u believe Pathaan > BB2).

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  14. This is doing rounds on social media

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  15. Weird play by the Aussies; weirder, is that India chose to bowl first after winning the toss–though I know India isn’t afraid of chasing 300+ scores–on a flat wicket like Wankhede!

    But loved the comeback! I was so confident Aussies would glide to 330+ easily after the start. 188 AO !!

    Great fielding, bowling, and captaincy.

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    • India not looking good here….

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      • Don’t worry, Kanth Sir’s ‘ENDHIRAN’ is in the stands. He will sail us through victory with his ‘whoosh whoosh’ antics like he did in the 2011 world cup. After all, these are the days in Satyamshot where Satish Kaushik deserves applause for AB’s special appearance success in JALWA…

        And Endhiran did sail us through! Hoorah!!

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  16. Maybe the Longest goal ever

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    • Goalkeepers have scored from goal kicks or there box before

      This is the world record I think. From kick off to goalkeeper to goal – 13 seconds!

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    • The one you posted may be the new record holder. Looks like it has beaten the Newport County goal.
      Leandro Requena = 101 metres vs Tom King = 96 metres.

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  20. So even the great Dhoni is playing with a knee injury; just to make money.
    And when I talk of IPL being a bane more than a ‘David Boon’, people say ‘Buddha Saala.’

    And this is Tendulkar, with diarrhea and stomach cramps, abdominal pain, food poisoning, when he smashed Akram, Waqar, and Shoaib all over the park. And remember, Tendulkar only revealed this ONLY when pressed multiple times…This, is his greatest KNOCK ever…for me at least…smashing all over the Centurion…

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  21. NBA First round of playoffs the First seeded -Milwaukee bucks lost to Miami Heat, by four games to 1 in close fought series.

    Please check out Giannis’ passionate response to if he considers the Bucks’ season a failure.
    Giving us some life perspective!

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  24. Rajesh Says:

    Laggan like ending in IPL today. What a games we are having this season.

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  25. Hole in one today!

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