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An All-Time India World Cup XI
India is one of three teams, the other being the West Indies and Australia, that has won the Cricket World Cup more than once. Here is my All Time Indian World Cup XI
BCCI Announces Men's and Women's Contracts for Next Season
These are retainers and the players get match fees on top of that... plus they earn from playing IPL or WBBL as well as sponsorship... The money earned by the women is quite less though compared to the men... which is a shame...
Squads for upcoming T20Is & ODIs versus Australia Announced
Virat Kohli is back as Captain for both T20Is and ODIs against the visiting Australians. Considering the recent workload, the selectors have decided to rest Kuldeep Yadav for the T20I series while Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been rested for the T20 series and the first two ODIs. Selectors have persisted with Siddarth Kaul for T20Is and first 2 ODIs... as a like for like replacement for Kumar... They also picked uncapped Mayank Markande as stand in for Kuldeep Yadav in T20Is
Smriti Mandhana Reaches No. 1 Rank in Women's Cricket
Smriti Mandhana matched her idol Virat Kohli and reached the No. 1 sport in Women's cricket.
Ajinkya Rahane to Lead India A versus England Lions
Good to see BCCI investing in the future of Indian cricket, not just making oodles of money from it. Last year they sent 44 players to England, they also sent the A team to NZ ahead of the Australia tour, and now they are hosting the England A team, i.e. the England Lions. The importance given to domestic cricket by not picking players from teams in Ranji semi-finals... is also very heartening. The influence of Rahul Dravid can be sensed here. Indian cricket since he has taken charge of the India A and Under 19 teams seems to be brimming with talent. The talent, probably always existed, but now it has proper structure and guidance to flourish.
Australia Get Pantsed at SCG
Pantsing is where one pulls down the shorts or trousers of another, much to the victim’s embarrassment and to the general hilarity of all and sundry, and especially the puller. That is exactly what’s happening to Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground at the hands of Cheteshwar Pujara, Ravindra Jadeja and most of all the young superstar in the making the appropriately named Rishabh Pant. For India who have never won a Test series in Australia, to win one in this manner feels like payback for the umpteen times they were the ones being embarrassed by the hosts Down Under.
History Beckons at SCG
As the celebrations surrounding India’s retaining the Border-Gavaskar Trophy and the New Year’s fireworks over the picturesque Sydney Harbor fade, Virat Kohli and Team India have a tryst with destiny at the venerable Sydney Cricket Ground, where they will attempt to become the first Indian Test side to win a series in Australia going back to the very first Indian visit right after Independence in 1947-48.
Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri got snookered by the Australians in the recently concluded Test in Perth, which India lost by a hefty 146 runs. Playing on the vanity of Virat Kohli, the Australian press pushed the narrative of an extremely spicy track at the new Optus Stadium, raising the specter of a pitch similar to the one at the New Wanderers in South Africa last January, which saw the umpires seriously consider calling the game off due to physical danger to the batsmen. Kohli and Shastri promptly picked a team with a quartet of quicks and without a genuine spinner to fight fire with fire.
BCCI Wins Legal Battle Against PCB
The PCB somewhat Quixotically and in desperation tried to FORCE BCCI to pay it for India not playing Pakistan. The merits of the case brought by PCB were suspect and as most legal experts predicted, including the ex-PCB head Ehsan Mani it was likely to lose. And PCB did indeed lose. Besides the clear lack of merits of the case, if the ICC Dispute Resolution Panel had found for PCB it would have opend the door for other instances where a country has not played another due to political concerns. For example England and to a certain extent Australia would be liable to Zimbabwe for refusing to play it in the past, and in the case of England even today. The ICC did not want to open up that Pandora's Box either.
India Step Into The Vacuum
About a year ago Virat Kohli and his team began their quest to be recognized as one of the great Test sides in the history of the game, when they embarked on a series of overseas Test matches against South Africa, England, Australia and later New Zealand. Prior to beginning this stretch of overseas tours, Virat Kohli had lost only 3 Tests in 32 as captain. Now a year later the record reads 9 losses in 42 Tests.
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