India take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the test series. Here's a look at how the Indian players performed in the 6 wicket win at Mohali
James Pattinson who was dropped from the Australian squad for the Mohali test for failing to follow team orders alleges it all to be a BCCI conspiracy. All the latest of that story.
Have a look at the 'ball of the century' bowled by Ravindra Jadeja - a talented, young cricketer from India with just three test caps under his belt!
India go 2-0 in the series with another convincing win against the hapless Aussie side. Here's a look at how the Indian players performed.
Is it time for the legendary master blaster batsman from India to walk into the sunset and hang up his boots?
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
That commonly repeated statement just proved to be true yesterday as South Africa again decided to hold onto it's 'choker's tag'. So if history does repeat, then Pakistan are all set to win the cup. In 1992 when the Aussies were kicked out in the group stages it was our neighbors who lifted the cup. So my bet is on Pakistan versus the Windies in the final.
This may go against everything I've written before, but the Pakistan team that turned up yesterday against Smith's Company was a different Pakistan all together.
The move to send Afridi finally worked as he blistered an well deserved half century. He finally didn't self destruct. And what a golden arm he has!! Boom Boom Afridi.
But this post is not about Afridi but about Steve Waugh. Legendary Australian captain Steve Waugh feels the Indian skipper's "honeymoon period" is over. It is isn't it? But Stevie gave it all away when he was asked whether Dhoni or Ganguly was a better skipper. After a moment of pause, he diplomatically evaded the question saying "Dhoni is a fantastic captain". That's all we wanted to hear Steve. Bengal surely rejoices now.
Waugh, regarded as one of the most successful captains in cricket history, admitted that Australia's aura of invincibility was over but felt it was a good sign for the game. This is an AUSSIE SAYING IT. "Their aura of invincibility has gone since their loss to India at home but it is good for the game because challenges enhance the game," he said. And how right is he !!
This just makes me wonder whether Steve Waugh is an English man in disguise?
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
Sunday, June 14, 2009
To read the article go to, http://timesonline.typepad.com/line_and_length/2009/06/rubbing-it-in.html.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
But his new batting style baffles me. Though I despise his batting style, I have always admired the power he puts in his shots. The way he clubs a spinner some 40 rows back takes a lot of muscle power, and great hand-eye co-ordination. Dhoni, the batsman has excelled in the 50 over format but in the test arena, he had it tough going. Dhoni has always been a natural aggressor and curbing his natural instincts is inferring with his performance. He comes one down now and that wastes balls. Yesterday he had a strike rate of 45. What is he doing? Trying to save a test match? As a captain, I understands that he wants to play the role of a responsible captain. But why not let Raina manage this role? He would be a better person for the role while Dhoni can slog - something he is really good at. Why try to be someone you are not, Dhoni bhayia? Just look at Gayles and McCullum. They are captains too but they play their natural game and club the leather out of the ball.
Dhoni's captaincy is all and well and he has proved time and again that he has enormous leadership capability.
If he concentrates on his batting, the India will truly be a force to reckon with. We don't want a Mr. 47.82%, do we?
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
Is that the attitude of the Pakistanis??? No wonder they are dropping catches and giving easy runs to the opposition. When the captain says something like that, you know something is wrong.
I just wonder if Younis Khan is a Pakistani or an Englishman. With this kind of attitude, why even turn out for the next match. They can instead pack their bags and head back to Pakistan like in 2007. Younis is preparing his players for an almighty fall tomorrow. Pakistan now have to beat Netherlands by at least 25 runs, which will be no easy task. Or better yet, they can choose not to show up for the match.
I thought that teams would become serious after seeing England lose to the Dutch. But sadly that is not the case.
I feel for the Pakistan team and their captain. Such a casual approach to such a major tournament just underlines the state of cricket in Pakistan.
I can only say, "good luck Pakistan, and please don't turn up for the match against the Dutch."
Thanks Q from Well Pitched,
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Thursday, June 4, 2009
10 Reasons why Pakistan lost yesterday........
1.) India has a perfect record against Pakistan in World Cups and have always returned as Champions in all encounters between the two rivals in the past. Stats definitely favour India.
2.) Ahmed Shehzad's breezy innings came to an early end due to his inexperience. Still the 17 year old boy from Lahore has captured my eyes. How sweetly he times the ball !!!!
3.) Afridi again fails with the bat. I just wonder why he goes so hard against Irfan Pathan first ball.
4.) Raina's brilliance in the field awarded India a timely run out of Kamran Akmal and also the wicket of the 17 year old opener.
5.) Ishant Sharma bowled a feisty spell and had outstanding bowling figures of 3 -1 -11- 1. The conditions in England will suit him perfectly.
6.) Rohit played the innings of his life as he raced away to 80 of just 53 balls. His lazy elegance makes him a treat for the eyes. His head is so still when he drives and what a pair of wrists has!!! And he found an ideal partner in Gambhir who steered the ship home with an unbeaten half century.
7.) India were aided by the Pakistani fielding. The fielding was below par for even an domestic match. There was no pressure and the Indians easily stole runs.
8.) Yunus Khan's captaincy was so predictable. He got all his fielders in the wrong positions and had trouble motivating his team (not that I blame him). Malik was probably a better captain than him. I just don't understand why he introduced Tanvir so late in the match.
9.) The Pakistani bowlers too gifted the Indians free runs as they conceded way too many extras. Added to this the bowlers were erring in line and found it difficult to bowl to the right - left hand combination.
10.) The Indians have played alot of cricket in the past six months (maybe too much), while the Pakistanis have hardly played a few match. This was probably the biggest reason for the defeat.
But, still what an eccentric match it was. A match for peace efforts that brought two cricket playing nations closer (or at least I hope it did).
I conclude this by saying Chak de India.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
But now I just wonder. LARA Bingle's mile-high heels may be the height of fashion but how on earth does the glamour girl drive in them?
I just hope that Cricket Australia have their star batsman well insured before the Ashes.