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Old 14th December 2014, 10:04   #8191
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The margin was 16 runs.We were almost winning but had not won. With enough balls to go there was no need for Tendulkar to go over the fielder. That resulted in India's defeat. A tidbit.
Well, even Kohli need not have gone for that aerial shot, right? He had just hit a boundary on the earlier ball. But I don't blame him or tendulkar. Wickets were falling at other end in both cases and quick runs was the order of the day. Balls remaining wasn't a problem, imo.



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He couldn't stand anymore. He had back pain through the inning, but it had got unbearable at this point. It was either finish it in a few balls or retire hurt.
Agreed fully..
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Old 15th December 2014, 00:02   #8192
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He couldn't stand anymore. He had back pain through the inning, but it had got unbearable at this point. It was either finish it in a few balls or retire hurt.
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Thanks. I didnt know about the pain. I heard Gavaskar commenting that we were almost there but not there and spoke about Sachin.
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Old 15th December 2014, 19:41   #8193
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Remember this discussion ?

Now as a fan (and an armchair critic ), I am worried about this piece of news:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/india/co...tml?CMP=chrome

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I read this in the morning and didn't bothered much. Reason- bowling is a skill which takes years to develop. All successful bowlers started bowling at school level. So, Pujara suddenly deciding he can be a good bowler just by bowling in nets and who can contribute to team is rubbish attempt. All he can do is bowl 3-4 overs of spin in which he will be seriously smashed considering how our regular bowlers get treated these days.
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Yup, saw this piece of news yesterday. And it is disturbing. Because CP cannot find a place in the XI he turns to bowling with those brittle knees.

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Which is precisely the point. Pujara, inspite of knowing that this may well be a futile exercise, is getting distracted. Moreover, he is putting pressure on himself to do well in the IPL unnecessarily.
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I think he should just enjoy the IPL. Don't think he is going to be a certainty in the playing 11. I don't recollect him playing many games in IPL in all these years either.
He missed out in New Zealand.
I am happy. Pujara released by the Kings XI Punjab.

And I hope no one else picks him up
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Vijay out just before the second new ball. This may open the floodgates :(
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Australia 247/6 to 505 all out. Vintage Dhoni captaincy

From being in a position to win the match, India are now staring at defeat.
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Old 19th December 2014, 11:59   #8196
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From being in a position to win the match, India are now staring at defeat.
All too familiar situation! India allows nos. 9,10 & 11 to score way too many runs but our bowlers when batting except Ashwin hardly ever put up a fight!
Seems we are only capable of playing well in patches on this tour.
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Australia 247/6 to 505 all out.
Normal Batting Order
  • Top Order
  • Middle Order
  • Lower-Middle Order
  • Tail

Australian Batting Order
  • Top Order
  • Upper-Middle Order
  • Middle Order
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Old 20th December 2014, 09:39   #8198
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India heading towards a very familiar overseas test result with some pathetic batting performances
Kohli 1, Rahane 10, Nohit Sharma 0, Dhoni 0, U Yadav 30 (the lower order batting star!)
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Another collapse and we're 2-0 down in this series. Wonder if it'll be another 4-0 result this time too. Cricinfo had this interesting discussion on how many times we've had a batting collapse this year alone,losing 5 or more wickets for <100 runs,something to be very worried about.
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If I were to find a silver lining, at least this is different from the abject surrender in England in the last four games. At least, we are fighting and were in good positions in both games.

Remember we also defeated the Aussies 4-0 in India
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Unlike other test cricket teams, the Aussies do not have tailenders, only "tall"enders who can make tall scores - Hats off! Their specialist bowlers can also bat really special.

We need an all-rounders academy not just pace academies to groom our future players
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Old 22nd December 2014, 09:58   #8202
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I have pretty much given up on this team when it comes to test cricket.

How do you allow the opposition to score 500 plus when you have them at 247/6 is really beyond my comprehension abilities.

And I read somewhere that India will fall to number 7 in test rankings if they lose any one of the remaining two tests on this tour. Serves us right really, we are certified minnows in this format.
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I think we haven't played to our potential in the 2 Tests so far. We could have easily drawn the first game and played a hell lot better in this one. I just cannot fathom why are we so mentally weak?

Or maybe we have been made to look better because the pitches have been true and good for batting? Rohit is horrendous, Rahane and Pujara seem patchy, MSD is no good overseas. Only silver lining so far have been Vijay & Kohli. Ishant seems to hold up well as well.
It's time we played KL Rahul & Raini in place of Dhawan & Rohit - bring a lot more energy to the team.

PS.: And MSD as a skipper is past his sell by date - this in all likely is his last stint as India captain. I do not see him captaining the side post the world cup.

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Ishant seems to hold up well as well.
This is Ishant's third tour to Australia & he's expected to bowl much better! He only manages to bowl well in patches & lacks consistency. The Commentators keep harping on that spell that he bowled to Ponting ages back.

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It's time we played KL Rahul & Raini in place of Dhawan & Rohit - bring a lot more energy to the team.
Certainly Raina needs to get a look-in at no.6 or maybe Jadeja. Jadeja also gives us the 5th bowling option.
It's a very difficult choice for Dhoni as to whom to drop among Aaron, Yadav & Shami as they all are bowling erratically.
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PS.: And MSD as a skipper is past his sell by date - this in all likely is his last stint as India captain. I do not see him captaining the side post the world cup.
That's also what Greg Chappel said last week
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