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What Went Wrong For India During Another “What-Could-Have-Been” Test Series On Foreign Soil

Could India have asked for a weaker England side for the 4th test at Southampton? English openers have been in the middle of a crisis right through the series. It’s almost as if their captain has forgotten how to score a hundred as he remains in quest of his 14th test ton having scored the 13th more than a year ago. Their middle order had someone to whom 4 was an uncustomary number to bat at. They had a keeper who wasn’t fit to keep wickets and a non-regular keeper who was having to bat at a relatively new position. Their fast bowlers seemed tired with their heads down while leaving the field at Trent Bridge and their spinners were never on par Read more…

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A Redemption For The Ages, A Statement Towards The Critics

Not long ago in Australia, a fearless no. 4 was lining up international cricket for the very first time as the captain of a test team. From the opposite end rushing came Mitchell Johnson with an absolute screamer of a short ball that rose exceedingly quick and crashed into the helmet giving the batsman no chance to duck. It was the welcome that would have left most of the people cowering in fear, but not Virat Kohli, for whom it was an opportunity to make his point. Thereafter as he went on to probe the Aussie bowling surgically in order to complete what is regarded as one of his best hundreds even today, he just stood tall with that helmet Read more…

Scintillating Team Game Paves Way As India Stun England With Epic Trent Bridge Triumph

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When was the last time India put up such a complete as well as a dominant performance outside the subcontinent? Beating West Indies back in 2016 was never a big deal, it was always on the cards. Victory at Lord’s in 2014 came at the back of a stunning 2nd-innings-bowling-effort. Durban 2010 was a closely fought affair while Perth 2008 was perhaps a bit closer than the scoreboard suggests. So in order to find as dominating a performance as here at Trent Bridge one would have to go as far as Headingly 2002. Forget about total domination, India’s victories outside the subcontinent are rare occurrences as it is. But just imagine from where this one has been plucked. After a heart-wrenching defeat in the first test and an absolute hammering one in the second, had this game slipped out, a 5-0 scoreline would not have been far away. But as they did in South Africa having lost two in a row, here they do it again Read more…

Issues India Need To Address Ahead Of The Trent Bridge Clash

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Just over a week since an inspiring show at Edgbaston, Team India has evoked the dismal memories of their terrible English tours of 2011 and 2014 with an absolute shattering display at Lord’s, the only venue to have witnessed an Indian victory in the last 11 Tests on England soil. A rain-marred game where the toss could not take place anytime before the start of day 2 and with so many further interruptions may have stretched to the final session of day 4; but the fact is that it lasted only 170.3 overs, 88.1 out of which Read more…

India Eye Away Tours With Challenging Tracks At Home

India bagged 17 Sri Lankan wickets at the Eden Gardens in just 109 overs, which is not a rarity keeping in mind the way they have performed over the last couple of years. But leave aside these 2 years, how many times in the History of Indian cricket have we seen an Indian pace bowling unit making the spin attack look completely irrelevant just as they did in Kolkata? With Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav bowling 99 overs between them across the two innings asked just the remaining 10 from Ashwin and Jadeja

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Redemption Of Rohit’s Dismal Past At Sri Lankan Soil

That Rohit Sharma had undergone some tumultuous times at Sri Lanka is something that can be understood easily by glancing at his numbers prior to the ongoing series. He averaged only 15 in the 18 innings that he had played there before with just the one half century to his name, not to forget his last ODI series in Sri Lanka where his scores read 5, 4, 0, 0 and 4 – arguably the lowest point of his cricketing career. To add to his woes, he was run-out for a single-digit score in the opening game

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Awful Sri Lanka Handed Whitewash, Invincible India Keep Marching On

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Captain Kohli and his men have now developed their own style of winning test matches both at home and away. If West Indies’ test wins in the 80s were stamped with flamboyance and those of Australia at the beginning of this century were marked as all-round ruthlessness, then Team India’s test wins of late could be marked as an exemplary show of playing to their own script over and over again; though it might seem

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IPL10 Final : Vintage Malinga, Nerveless Bumrah And Resilient Johnson Showcase The Ultimate Death-Bowling Skills

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At the end of the 15th over 47 runs were all that stood between Rising Pune Supergiant and their maiden  IPL title. With Steve Smith and MS Dhoni, their current and former captains still batting together and that too with 8 wickets in hand; it took something very special from the Mumbai Indians death-bowlers even to force a final-over-finish. Given the experience of both the batsmen and their skill of striping a chase to its finest essentials, the match could possibly have gone only one way. At the 16th over the deadly duo provided a crash-course on how to get these chases done and dusted by picking up a four and a six off Krunal Pandya, the main man behind Mumbai’s total of 129 Read more…

Mumbai’s Bruteforce Drowns KKR, Repeats History And Sets Up IPL Final As The Maharastra Derby

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Mumbai Indians are one of the best teams in the IPL at drawing up strategies against individuals. They did it some many times in the past and did once more in the IPL 10 qualifier 2 having put KKR into bat on another difficult Chinnaswamy pitch. Jasprit Bumrah and Karn Sharma combined beautifully for their team with both claiming their best T20 figures on the same day taking 7 for 23 in 7 overs to leave Kolkata in all sorts of trouble. The team from the West had specific plans for each of their opponent batsmen, especially for those who have been hogging the limelight Read more…

Time For Mumbai To Keep Their Emotions Towards Malinga In Check

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One of the finest limited-overs bowlers of this generation and perhaps the only one to earn a nickname to the courtesy of his bowling style, Slinga Malinga has been an absolute wonder to the game of cricket. His lightening quick inswinging yorkers coming from a round-arm action turned out to be distinctive and equally destructive at the same time. A deceptive slower one and an outstanding bouncer alongside those deadly toe-crushers made him quite a package. And to top it all, though the batsmen knew what would come up, Malinga retained his capacity Read more…