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A Chinaman From India
Kuldeep Yadav was a surprise inclusion in the fourth and deciding Test of the recently concluded Border-Gavaskar Trophy series. Here is the behind the scene story of the rise of a Chinaman from India
Captain Kohli Reviews Record Breaking Home Season
Virat Kohli, the current Indian Test Captain, reflects on a record-breaking home season. The only other time India played as many as 13 Tests at home in a season was back in 1979-80 when it played two back to back 6-Test series against the visiting Australian and Pakistani sides and a one-off Test against England. Back then the captain for the Tests was the man handing the ICC Test Champion's mace to Kohli, the legendary Sunil Gavaskar. India won 4, lost one and drew 8 Tests back then. This time only two out of 13 Tests were drawn and India won 10 and lost one. How things have changed, and for the better, both for Indian cricket and Test cricket in general since then.
Is Steve Smith The Hillary Clinton of Cricket?
The Daily Telegraph an Australian Tabloid has called Virat Kohli the Donald Trump of Cricket accusing him of spreading "Fake News". But the real question is whether the Australian Captain is the Hillary Clinton of Cricket?
ICC Absolves Steve Smith of Cheating
Steve Smith the Australian captain by his own admission had a “brain fade” when he sought the help of the dressing room to decide whether to review on-field umpiring decision. The truth is this was not a one-off "brain fade" but the third time that Smith checked with the dressing room. When it happened a third time, and TV cameras caught it the on-field umpires, who had been informed on the two previous occassions by Virat Kohli, finally intervened. What Smith did was not only against the spirit of the game it was illegal.
Why Not Parthiv?
The recently concluded second Test at Banglore was a missed opportunity to prepare an all-condition Indian Test squad. Clearly Wriddhiman Saha is the top choice for glove man for the Indian team and there is no doubt he deserved to walk back into the side after his understudy Parthiv Patel did a credible job both with the gloves and especially with the bat in the series against England. However not giving Parthiv the chance to remain in the squad as back up keeper and back up opener is something the selectors will need to seriosly reconsider
Umesh Yadav: Right Arm Fast
The upcoming Border Gavaskar Trophy is being viewed as a battle between Indian spinners and Australian batsmen, but there may be another bowler that the Australian batsmen need to be wary of.
Virat Rules Cricket Batting: Top 3 In Every Format
Not only are India top 3 in every format...but Virat Kohli is top three in every format...according to the ICC rankings
Bangladesh Finally Make Their Indian Debut
Contrary to some suggestions that India has snubbed Bangladesh by not hosting them for a Test series for over 16 years since their Test debut back in 2000, which incidentally occured versus India, the BCCI which was instrumental in getting Bangladesh Test status has been a benefactor for the Bangladesh cricket board all these years since.
Pujara To Lead Rest of India in Irani Cup
Pujara leads a strong Rest of India team against Gujarat starting tomorrow January 20th at Cricket Club of India's venerable Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai. Recently the Rest of India has done really well against the Ranji Champions with the Rest winning 9 out of the previous 11 ocassions. This time too the pattern is likely to be the same. The match also has some added interest as the one-off Test against Bangladesh and the four Test series against Australia is coming up soon. A good performance here will definitely catch the selectors' eye in case any slots open up in the Test team, either from injury or lack of form.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni Steps Down as Limited Overs Captain
India's most successful captain in both the limited over and Test format has called it quits on captaincy. He remains available for selection as a specialist wicketkeeper batsman. This is indeed very noble of him, as even now there is nobody who can fill his quite enormous boots as keeper/batsman in the limited format. Virat Kohli the logical succesor to Dhoni will be grateful that he has decided to ease the transition. Like his Test retirement, this has been a low-key affair that has kept the team's needs in mind. This sums up the man.
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