Eng v Ind

Hardik Pandya

The mediocracy of Hardik Pandya out in open

"Hence, ideally, India should give Pandya another go at the Oval Test to prove his worth. But if he doesn't put up significant performance, the think-tank should look to try out new option like Vijay Shankar in the home...
Moeen Ali

Video: England smile at Southampton

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nt1J686ul7E Ageas Bowl delivered another wonderful Test. It was about brilliant comebacks and how a team could handle pressure and in the end, it was England who left the field smiling. Deep Dasgupta, Arunabha Sengupta, and Faisal Caesar discuss the fourth...
India wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant looks on as England batsman Sam Curran picks up some runs

Wise beyond his years, Sam Curran shows great potential

"There will be many more situations that will be beyond the grasp of his formative mind in the next few years, but with a serene calmness and a stubborn will, be rest assured that Sam will once again wade...
England's Moeen Ali makes an unsuccessful appeal

Moeen Ali is back where he belongs

"Moeen Ali is back, and it is clear that he belongs here" A crucial 40, 5 for 63, 4 for 71. In the middle of all this, he was also sent in at No 3 in the second innings. Why not?...
India's Ravichandran Ashwin celebrates after taking the wicket of England's Ben Stokes

Ravichandran Ashwin and the disappointing 3rd Day at Southampton

Ashwin was disappointing....on Day 3 at Ageas Bowl!  The rough was there to be exploited. Moeen Ali had shown how. Among his five dismissals in the first innings, there was Ravichandran Ashwin himself, bowled off a horrendous reverse sweep. Although Ashwin...
England's Jos Buttler plays a shot

Jos Buttler has been an asset since his return to Test cricket

"The new Buttler has become an asset for England. It may be prudent to allow him to continue in his role as the game changer lower down the order" For one and a half years, Jos Buttler wandered about in...
India's Cheteshwar Pujara celebrates his century

A different Cheteshwar Pujara and a magnificent innings

"The difference between this and the other recent efforts of Pujara was the intent to score … and the onus on remaining positive, being constantly on the lookout for runs" It seemed to be on the verge of any other...
India batsman Rahul is trapped LBW by England bowler Stuart Broad

KL Rahul in desperate need for a turnaround

"His dismissal in the fourth Test again highlighted the same nagging problem where Rahul fell to a ball that nipped in late" After KL Rahul scored one of his best tons in just his second match in Australia in 2014/15,...
Keton Jennings

England’s team selection continues to baffle

"England do need a solid man at No 3 and Root at 4. And that solid man can very well be Ian Bell, just as a stop-gap solution, to add experience and class to the line up even as...
Virat Kohli of India claps his hands as Joe Root of England

Joe Root should go back to his security blanket and bat at four

"With a number of issues still to ponder over, England is running out of time but one solution could go a long way in fixing the loopholes" Stepping out of the comfort zone is a long philosophized statement but a...
Sam Curran

Sam Curran establishes his place in elite lower middle-order

The 20-year old special talent delivers for England yet again under pressure. Sam Curran has all the qualities to become one of the best in Test cricket..... A little movement back, a quick shuffle, fiery eyes and a confident, nearly...
Jasprit Bumrah

Bumrah – Ishant find the length, jostle early initiative with searing opening spell

"Whenever I go to a new country, I always plan in advance. Before visiting the country, I have a look at a few videos. What works over there. What the home team does over there. It is very important...

Is Ashwin really the best off-spinner in the world at the moment?

“Ravichandran Ashwin is easily the best off-spinner in the world” England’s former off-spin bowler Graeme Swann was forthright in his assessment of the Indian, who despite his dubious records away from home towers over the other spinners in the world...

Joe Root: Team selection, slip cordon and general air of apprehension

"Yes, it is hard to believe that they are 2-1 up. The manner in which India has struck back has made quite an impact" In one word, Joe Root looked apprehensive. His stubble has almost disappeared, and along with it has...
Pandya cartoon

Hardik Pandya: No Holding him Back

  Hardik Pandya: No Holding him Back

Video: Ageas Bowl ready for another wonderful Test match

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jns3t4qPB7E All the Three Test matches produced enough high-quality cricket to keep the interest alive in this series.  Under the captaincy of Virat Kohli, India rediscovered their mojo in Trent Bridge, while England would look to seal the series in Southampton. Deep...
England batsman Ollie Pope hooks a short ball during day two of the 3rd Specsavers Test Match between England and India

England’s batting woes at home could stem from a faulty batting order

Why England's batting order is struggling more often on home soil?  Exceptional analysis, insightful data-oriented team selections, nothing could save England from collapsing against some incisive bowling from the Indians at Trent Bridge. Having made two changes to their playing...
James Vince and Cook

Four openers England could try in the remaining two Tests

With partners changing by series, Alastair Cook and England are in danger of seeking out a new opener in time for the fourth Test after their batting cane a cropper in the loss at Nottingham. With 13 partners since...
Ageas Bowl Venue - Hampshire Cricket

Ageas Bowl: What to expect?

"The wicket here has helped spin towards the latter parts of the matches" India can emulate Don Bradman’s Australians of 1936-37 and make it 3-2 … at least that has been the hope voiced by some, including respected men like...
Rishabh Pant

Rishabh Pant’s art of overcoming his limitations with temperament

“She’s talking to angels, counting the stars… Making a wish on a passing car” Every time Rishabh Pant must have spotted a shooting star, his heart would have tugged at just one desire. Each occasion an eyelash fell, the young...


Vinicius Junior: The shining diamond

Some players take time to flourish. But when they do flourish, they become a box-office hit and continue to shine. Vinicius Junior is taking time to flourish and at the moment, he is showcasing his talent on a consistent basis. Maybe we are not very far from witnessing one of the best in world football in the coming days.

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