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India close to identify its core group for World Cup

"Overall, this Indian team has all based covered and now it is all about giving the players some game time in the middle in these pre-World Cup fixtures" There are less than six months left for the World Cup and...
Cricket

Looking at data to deduce the ideal Indian combination at Melbourne

A look at the matches of the past five years to find out the best Indian combination at Melbourne... The strategy of fielding an all-pace attack at Perth has been hauled over the scorching fire of criticism by the media...
Cricket

Selection errors hampering India

"India seem somewhat prone to selection errors" It is impossible to say for sure but India’s loss at Perth might have simply been due to a case of bad decisions by its selectors. An injury forced Rohit Sharma and Ravichandran...
Cricket

The Story of India at Melbourne – Part 3

Over the ages MCG  has not really been a happy hunting ground for the Indian cricketers. They have lost as many as 8 of the 12 Tests they have played here, winning just 2. Here is a brief outline...
cricket

The story of India at Melbourne – Part 2

Over the years, MCG  has not really been a happy hunting ground for the Indian cricketers. They have lost as many as 8 of the 12 Tests they have played here, winning just 2. Here is a brief outline...
Fazal

The anguish of pursuing goals the Faiz Fazal way

"Yet, at times, the dejection does find ways of oozing itself, as it most recently did when the first player to play 100 Ranji matches for Vidarbha took to Twitter to express his anguish at being ignored. Again" In simple...
Cricket

The story of India at Melbourne – Part 1

Over the years MCG  has not really been a happy hunting ground for the Indian cricketers. They have lost as many as 8 of the 12 Tests they have played here, winning just 2. This series provides a brief...
Australia

Video: Australia gun down India

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWJQsdO0RqE After a thriller at Adelaide, a repeat was expected in Perth, but the Australian bowlers did not let that happen and gunned down the visitors in style to level the series. Deep Dasgupta, Jason Dasey, Arunabha Sengupta and Abhishek Mukherjee...
Virat Kohli

Centuries in defeats: a cross batting giants like Virat Kohli are burdened with

Virat Kohli will continue to score hundreds in defeats. It is a cross that the batting greats have to bear because they are good enough to make runs when the rest of the side collapses..... Among the many, many gems...
Lyon

Nathan Lyon rubs it in India’s nose with a match-winning performance at Perth

"Lyon did well in spin-friendly conditions in India and Bangladesh last year and now, he has delivered on a pitch that was considered a fast bowler's paradise" After their big loss at Perth, the one thing India would have realised...
India

A head that doesn’t work, a tail that doesn’t wag — India’s overseas misery...

“Proper functioning of both head and tail are necessary as none can survive by taking blows to its body for long” Another toss lost, another match lost! This has been becoming quite a trend for the Indian team as far as...
Australia

Listless openers, tail led to India’s undoing at Perth

"While Virat Kohli took a dig at Tim Paine, calling him stand-in captain while tooting his own horn, the Aussie keeper and widely admired skipper now, made some decisive moves that changed the course of the Test match" India had...
KL Rahul

The enormous holes at the top of the Indian order

In this calendar year, in the 10 overseas Tests, Indian openers have averaged 18.27 in 40 innings, with one solitary fifty-plus score.... At the end of Day 4, India are practically 8 down with miles to go. The scoreboard reads 112...
India

India need action plan to get useful runs from their excellent set of pace-bowlers

The last four Australian wickets put on 75. The last four Indian wickets added 32. The lead obtained by Australia, which can prove to be a match-winning one, amounted to 43. 132 for 4. At stumps on the third day, Australia...
Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli once again the central figure around India’s fightback

"From a brash youngster, who toured Australia in 2011 to leading India to a Test series win in the same country would certainly do Kohli and his entire team a world of good" Australia captain Tim Paine said that his...
Rahane

Ajinkya Rahane’s gem vital in the context of the Perth Test

The Ajinkya Rahane gem seized the initiative and breathed life into an innings that had gone into limbo. And the Rahane-Kohli association against this excellent Australian bowling was perhaps Test cricket at its best.... It was not as bad as...
Australia

“Marcus David Langer Rogers” is here to stay

"Harris is here to stay and the Indians are certain to see a lot more of him in this series" A dogged Australian opener, with a penchant for tough cricket and an active shot-maker square of the wicket. Surely, the...
India

Australia have a 112-run advantage courtesy of wayward Indian bowling

"Wayward Indian bowling during the morning  session of Day 1 has already given Australia a 112-run advantage and that is going to hurt India a lot if the pitch continues to behave in this manner"  India might be feeling that...
India

The pros and cons of a four-pronged pace attack

Historically, the No 8 averages 24.81 for India, and there have been 16 centuries in that position. In short, this is a serious batting slot from where important runs are made, and around which important partnerships are built. And...
Hardik Pandya

The Hardik Pandya-shaped hole in the Indian XI

"It is not exactly about the man himself. “Hardik” is more of a role at this stage. And a cricketer who can fit into that role is exactly what India are missing" India decided to play four fast bowlers in...

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