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Woes At The Top Are Yet To Be Settled For Team India

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Cut back to 2013 when India were involved in a bilateral series with England at home. Ajinkya Rahane in that series opened the innings in the first 3 games scoring 47, 4 and a duck. In the next match Rohit Sharma was asked to open by then skipper M.S Dhoni and he scored 83 enjoying a successful first stint as an opener. That innings had a big importance in the upcoming context as the Mumbai man paired with Shikhar Dhawan to help India clinch Read more…

From A Railway Ticket Collector To An ICC Trophy Collector – Captain Dhoni Leaves Behind A Legacy

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Let me take you back to that electrifying evening at Wankhede which still seems like the day before yesterday to every Indian even after 5 full years and 3 quarters have gone by:

Excitement spilling into the ground from every corner of the jam-packed stadium with the echoing waves of anticipation. Nuwan Kulasekara running in with India needing one hit to seal the game. And then went up MS Dhoni’s willow – that uninhibited swing of the blade rising to the momentous occasion as the ball streaked through the night sky soaring over long on ending up into the ecstatic crowd – inarguably the ideal way for Read more…

2016 – The Year of Team India’s Test Redemption Towards A Giant Leap

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The recently announced ICC ODI Team of the year features 3 Indians as Virat Kohli steps into the Captain’s shoes with Rohit Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja sitting alongside him. On the other hand its Test counterpart could see only one Indian, Ravichandran Ashwin, the ICC 2016 Player of the Year. But despite the fact that the Indian run-machine could not seal his berth in the ICC Test Team of the year 2016, few would argue that India’s test campaign have been far more supreme compared to that of limited overs. Kohli has propelled his side to perfection, allowing it to climb soaring heights in this year. With the commanding 4-0 series victory against England Team India has taken its winning tally Read more…

India vs England – Time For Kohli to Put His Dismal Past To Rest

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Come November 9, as Virat Kohli and his men take on their toughest opponent in test cricket of late, it will be a whole new challenge altogether for the No. 1 test playing nation. From the captain’s point of view, he will be due to put up a show with the bat which he has merely been able to do against England in the longer format. Also Team India will be piling on the plethora of expectations to set the things right – something which none of their former three sides were Read more…

New Zealand Could Not Come To The Terms With The Art Of Playing Spin

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It has been like a tradition for the overseas batsmen to find themselves all at sea on their tour to India for a test series. The same batsmen might have scored a lot of runs in the following or preceding ODI series, but so many times we have found so many batsmen sinking in the dustbowls of typical Indian designer spinning test tracks. The ongoing test series with New Zealand hasn’t been much different. The familiar sight of umpire rising his finger to the loud shout of a spinner followed by a shriek from the close-in fielders with their feet in the air and the batsman walking off with a sense of disbelief and confusion has been pictured Read more…

Mahalaya – My Way Of Invoking The Mother Goddess

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It has been more than 5 years since I started my journey with WordPress. Every now and then with the articles I have posted over the years, I tried to construct them to the best of my knowledge in order to make sure that I make full justice to whatever I present in front of you. I started with writing match reports but continued only till I realized that such posts won’t be valued for more than a day or two past the match-day. Hence I made a complete transformation of my writing and started taking greater care on choosing the topics that would sustain their significance for a longer period of time. But something I did not do was to travel down the memory lane. Once a post was made, the previous one seemed to be a History book whose pages would never be turned over again Read more…

Joe Root – A Multipurpose Masterclass in Making

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All the reasonably good batsmen at the international level these days have more or less all the strokes in their cricketing books. But when it comes to test batting, it’s not only about knowing how to play such strokes, it’s about knowing when to play those. That gives you the extra edge to elevate your game to the next level. The ability of eliminating the threats and playing low risk shots for high rewards is something what separates great players from the rest. And what we have witnessed of late is the transformation of a very good cricketer into a future cricketing legend. If test batting is an art, he is surely Read more…

Importance of Having Dashing Sharma at Five than Plodding Pujara at Three

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Sometimes it is rather disappointing to see people being so much obsessed with numbers. They often point to rankings, career averages, centuries and more than anything else to an uncluttered state of cricketing run – “form”. But that’s how only the ordinary people think. It takes quite an ability to make things out of the latent ideas; which of course, not many can. That’s what separates Virat Kohli from most of the other test captains, as feels Rohit Sharma is no longer a just a limited over specialist, but a cavalier with Read more…

Is KL Rahul The Overseas Performer Team India Are Looking For?

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The ability to sense the slightest of opportunities, seize them and make the most of what one has been presented with is a trait any youngster would dream to have, especially someone who is searching for the roadway towards his establishment at the international arena. That is where the Bangalore born KL Rahul has managed to do reasonably well with his early outings in national outfit. While he has merely been a reserve opener in the squad since he first started opening for India in Australia back in January 2015, he has occasionally come up with the tricks of the trade to keep pushing Read more…

Can England’s Fate Take Them Through The Championship Gate?

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Over the years there have been several reasons that have led to the inevitable downfall of England football team in the big tournaments. They always seem to come up with a decent unit comprising exciting individuals, enter the tournament like true lions and mount the expectation levels sky high. But as soon as the curtain of the grand stage unfolds, it all seems like the old wine in a new bottle. Despite having prolific scorers in the squad their battle for supremacy has suffered in many ways due to Read more…