August 4th, 2016
Moises Henriques was the player of the eliminator for Hyderabad for his 30 odd runs and the wickets that he got, but, in spite of that knock, the jury is out for him.
Hyderabad might have beaten Kolkata, but, there were a couple of things they did wrong in the game and the first of them was to let Yusuf Pathan bowl his first three overs rather too cheaply.
Pathan was bowling with a new ball which was not turning and while Warner’s cautiousness against him could be justified as he was clearly trying to play through, with his wicket being far more precious than any other in the XI, why Henriques played the off spinner that way was bizarre. He should have hit him out of the bowling right away.
Since, Kolkata had not played Shakib Al Hasan, Gautam Gambhir had to get the quota of the 5th bowler out of his part timers and rather than putting them in with two right handers at the crease in the middle overs, he gambled with Yusuf right away at the start.
When the Baroda bowler got the first over away with only four on the board and then, Morne Morkel cleaned up Dhawan for Henriques to come in, Gambhir was supposed to go to another one of his strike bowlers for one more breakthrough.
But, sensing Henriques’ inefficiency against spin having seen him in previous games, the skipper kept Yusuf on and he chipped in with two more overs with being hit for a boundary only once.
June 7th, 2016
Rohit Sharma is hitting the white Cricket ball cleaner than anybody else in the world at the moment.
The right handed opener displayed his repertoire of shots yet again in Dhaka yesterday as he scored superb 80 runs for India against the hosts Bangladesh in the first game of the Asia Cup.
It was a really smart knock by Rohit. He was patient early on when the going was tough on a grassy wicket, but, he launched himself on the opposition when the right time arrived and took the game apart.
He also seemed to have picked his bowlers whom he wanted to attack.
Against the likes of Mustafizur and Mortaza, he was willing to be within himself, but, as Taskin came into the attack for his second spell and offered a bit of room, he opened his shoulders and cashed on.
Later on though, he went after Mustafizur and other bowlers too as the dew factor had come in and the ball had stopped fizzing around.
Rohit could actually have got the second twenty 20 ton of his career, but, in the last 10-15 deliveries of the Indian innings, he could not get as much of strike as he should have and in the 20th over, when the strike eventually came to him, he scooped one in the air to be caught at deep wicket.
However, he had almost put the game in India’s bag by that time.
January 28th, 2016
The second test match between India and South Africa seems to be going to end in a draw because of the weather conditions.
There has been no play at all for the last three days because of the consistent rain.
Today, there was hope of some play as there had been no rain overnight and the umpires, after having a look at the ground for 3 or 4 times, had even declared a time of 2 pm for the start of play.
But, just a few minutes after that declaration, the rain decided to play the spoil sport again and although, it wasn’t too heavy, it stayed for almost 3 hours which made sure the outfield would not be in a condition for the players to take ground.
Now, there is only one day left in the game and only a miraculous show from either of the two sides can make the result possible.
Replying to South Africa’s first innings score of 214, the Indian team was in a strong position at 80 for the loss of no wicket when the umpires called the stumps on Saturday evening.
Now, even if the weather permits India to resume their innings tomorrow, it would be highly unlikely that they would be able to take enough first innings lead till tea to back them to bowl South Africa out under that in the last session. It just does not sound realistic.
So, in all probabilities, the game would produce no result and the teams would be making their way to Nagpur with the series still 1-0 in favour of India.
December 2nd, 2015
Brian Lara has urged everyone associated with West Indies Cricket to lend total support to Jason Holder who has been appointed as the new test skipper of the national team.
Holder had been pretty impressive with his captaincy in 50-over format for the last few months and the administrators decided that he was perhaps ready to take the charge of the team in red ball Cricket too.
There have been concerns from different quarters regarding Holder’s age and inexperience at the test match level, but, according to Lara, the kind of maturity the Barbados resident showed in World Cup despite being under huge pressure at times, it seems he is somebody who has got natural leadership potential and if he is backed properly and is given the freedom to run the team his own way, he might turn out to be quite a successful captain.
Speaking in a chat show the other evening, Lara said, “I was commentating on World Cup games and I had a pretty close look at him and I was not disappointed with what I saw. There were many occasions when the heat was on, but, he did not get bogged down.”
October 5th, 2015
The Indian selectors have decided to retain MS Dhoni as captain of the ODI and T20 teams.
After India’s historic win in Sri Lanka a couple of weeks back, there were murmurs that Virat Kohli, who is the test captain at present, would be given the total charge of the team and Dhoni would be asked to play just as a player.
But, in the squads which were announced today for the limited-over games versus South Africa, it was Dhoni who was named the captain and with that, all the speculations, which were circling around, were put to rest.
Dhoni’s captaincy came under the scanner when India lost two back-to-back games to Bangladesh towards the end of the last season.
However, some reliable sources from the board had confirmed at that time as well that neither the selection committee nor the top brass was in any sort of mood to axe the Ranchi based wicketkeeper batsman from his position ahead of the next World T20 Championship.
Dhoni himself had also hinted after the World Cup semi final loss to Australia that he would continue leading the side in white ball Cricket for at least a year or so before assessing his body.
Dhoni, whose power and ability to find the gaps make him an extremely dangerous player in the lower middle order, has been quite an inspiring leader for India for quite a long period of time.
May 31st, 2015
May 11th, 2015
It seems England has decided that they are going to play a slightly different brand of Cricket this summer.
Normally, you don’t see the English players getting that much indulged in sledging.
There might be a few words exchanged, but, most of the times, they remain quiet.
However, in the currently going test series versus West Indies, the scenes are a bit different.
They are sledging the opposition, the Three Lions and they are sledging quite a bit.
Ben Stokes led the pack yesterday when he kept having a go at Marlon Samuels without any visible reason.
Samuels, being the strong character that he is, was never going to let that go without responding.
The English guys won the battle at the end though as they managed to dismiss Samuels during that verbal battle, but, before that, the Jamaican had already put more than 100 runs to his name on the board.
And, Samuels reminded to the English team in his press conference that they should think twice before talking to him again because every time they do this mistake, it motivates him more than ever.