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ODI show – Refreshingly surprising

March 6, 2008

Quite a few times, sportsmen and teams  surprise everyone with their upset or giant killing performances. Generally they are abberations in the script or flukes of highest order. But on very few occasions, such surprises refresh sportslovers . The Indian team’s performance in the tri series down under is one such performance. The youngsters surprised everyone including […]

Shameful performance in Twenty20 Practice match

February 2, 2008

Before India played Australia in a one-off Twenty20 match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, India had lost just one International Twenty20 match… against New Zealand in the ICC Twenty20 World Cup last year. By the time the match ended, India had not only lost for a second time but also achieved the dubious record of […]

Why are Symonds and Proctor allowed to go scotfree

February 2, 2008

Justice John Hadsen has cleared Indian Offie Harbhajan Singh of racial abuse but the matter does not end there. Why has Andrew Symonds been allowed to go scotfree without a fine? It was a friendly gesture by Harbhajan Singh towards Brett Lee that caused the altercation between him and Andrew Symonds leading to allegations of […]

Eventful Test series

January 31, 2008

The tours Down Under have mostly been disappointing for the touring Indians…largely remembered for the whipping the touring Indians get in the test series (scorelines read as  0-4 and 0-3 in 1992 and 1999). But the Test series during the 2003 series and the just concluded test series were fought competently and instilled some kind of fear in the Aussies. There […]

ODI team selection: Unconvincing logic

January 22, 2008

You can blindly trust the ‘Band of Wise men’ ( Five selectors) to spoil the party everytime … they have managed to make us rack our brains in disbelief  after the euphoric victory at Perth …they are playing their favourite tune of  ‘Stress on youth and fielding’. What is befuddling is that they have selected this tough series […]

Second time unlucky 17th for Aussies

January 19, 2008

15th March 2001: India ends Australia’s 16 consecutive Test wins chain in Kolkata. 19th January 2008: India ends Australia’s 16 consecutive Test wins chain in Perth. History repeated itself and India scripted a sweet revenge over Australia in the Perth Test. This victory would be even sweeter for the Indian team since this comes right on […]

Indians Dominate Aussies on Pacy Perth

January 18, 2008

Before the Perth test started, Ricky Ponting & Adam Gilchrist warned India by saying that the fast & fiery pitch at the WACA would favour the Aussies & their fast bowlers would rattle the Indian batsmen. But it was not to be. After putting up a sizeable 330 in the first innings, the Indian bowlers […]

The Wall stands tall again

January 17, 2008

Much to the delight of his fans, Rahul Dravid unleashed his textbook shots once again and showed that he is still and always be a player with the best batting technique of his generation. Rising to the situation, with India 59-2 in the Perth Test, Rahul Dravid along with the Little Master stuck to the […]

Opening Slot: who plays next?

January 11, 2008

When the Indian team for the Test series was selected , sole objective the selectors had was to  accomodate Yuvraj Singh( who was supposedly in the ‘Form of his life’) in the packed middle order. Dravid was requested to open the innings . With Jaffer in top form , everyone believed that the opening slots were […]

Dada: Comeback run continues

January 9, 2008

Sourav ‘Dada’ Ganguly continues his dream run in the ongoing Test series with sparkling strokeplay and effortless timing. Post his comeback he has been amongst the top run getters for India in both the forms of the game. What has been startling even for his critics , is the assured look he dons even against quality fast […]

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