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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…

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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

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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…