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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…

Pune Supergiant Rising Higher With The Rise Of Terrific Tripathi

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Just as it did over the past 9 years, IPL, in its grand 10th edition too has continued in the same manner of churning out the obscure names for the world to watch out. As the tournament has stepped into the double-digits’ mark, IPL has perhaps doubled its supremacy over all the T20 Leagues around the world in terms of the number of its raw talents becoming overnight sensations with their glittering performances – one of such being Rahul Tripathi who has now surely become a household name in Pune after his dazzling 93 of just 52 Read more…

Recapitulating Bumrah’s Super Over Heroics

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What was supposed to be a walk-in-the-park for the Mumbai Indians, Gujarat Lions produced some electric fielding and gun-like direct hits to force a tie. But in the tiebreaker, it was the nerveless Jasprit Bumrah who outclassed his counter-peer, the birthday boy James Faulkner, in all sorts of death bowling art, to the courtesy of which Rohit Sharma was presented with one of the most exciting birthday gifts he would Read more…

Nitish Rana’s Coming Of Age Making Mumbai Indians Look Unstoppable

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Sometimes a little faith does go a long way. When Mumbai Indians singed Nitish Rana for 10 Lakh, little did they know that 2 years later in IPL 10 the Delhi youngster would outperform all his 10 peers in starting as the 1st name on the team-sheet. Compared to the earlier two seasons where in the former he didn’t get a game and in the latter had to sit out for a majority of the tournament, this edition has been a massive turnaround. At this point, MI has played 6 games, won 5 of them, out of which Rana proved to be an indispensable part on as many as 4 occasions. He is enjoying a real purple patch at the moment riding a string of high scores that have turned out to be match winning ones. As a result, though we are only approaching the edge Read more…

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…