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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…

Virat Kohli – Dominating The T20 Pack In Flamboyant Style

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Sometimes it takes a great player to fail for us to realize how good he is. Alliance of focus, divine natural talent and unimpeachable work ethic certainly make Virat Kohli the greatest of this generation. With his spellbinding consistency he has taken us to a level from where it’s almost impossible for us to believe that he can get out cheaply. And even if he does, though once in a blue moon these days, it prompts us to rub our eyes Read more…

Pausing for Breath, Waiting for Momentum – Mumbai is Down but Not Out

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“Mumbai Indians are slow starters to a tournament” is something which is turning out to be a very popular quote amongst the cricketing experts nowadays, though I hardly believe that the experts have been consistent with the stats they picked and thoroughgoing with the words they stated. I can understand that in the last 3 IPL seasons Mumbai Indians merely won anything out of their 4 fixtures upfront, but at the same time if you are not batting an eye to those 4 seasons where they were at the top of the table at the end of round 4 then you are not doing justice to yourself as a critic. Perhaps being a very close follower of this team since the inaugural IPL season Read more…

That’s The Way… Maahi Ve!

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39.3 out of the 40 overs were elapsed and we were down to the final 3 balls of the most thrilling encounter of the 2016 World T20 so far. The ecstatic Bengaluru crowd went silent as Bangladesh looked well on course to knock the hosts out of the tournament in their own backyard. With just 2 needed off those 3 balls and Bangladesh having 2 set batsmen in the crease it looked completely done and dusted for the men in blues. But how many times we had seen before that a player with an ice cool brain and stupendous skills of impeccable intuitions stealing the game away from the opponents! When it gets down to the wire Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the master of masters in writing the scripts Read more…

Bowlers Put India’s Chances For World T20 In The Driver’s Seat

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Batting has never been the matter of discord for Team India. But when it comes to bowling, the phrase that best describes their bowlers is “fast they come and faster they go”. There have been good starts and there also have been great starts for their debutants with the ball. But somehow someway none of the bowlers who looked promising on their arrival to this arena could step up to become the spearhead of their bowling line up. Since the retirement of Zaheer Khan the Men in Blues have been missing someone who can take that lead role, more importantly Read more…