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India's "Goofy" Paintal Hangs Up His Boots
When Ashish Nehra made his international debut back in 1998, Kuldeep Yadav, India’s mystery spinner was just four. The lanky bowler burst onto the scene with a not-so-smooth action, but the one that sent the ball at high pace. When he traveled outside, his pace combined with swing, making life difficult for the batsmen. Eighteen years since he debuted, Nehra underwent over 10 surgeries owing to that action but not once did he compromise on pace. At his fastest he touched 150 kmph, and along with Zaheer Khan, Javagal Srinath, and Ajit Agarkar who could all top 145 kmph... was part of the emerging fast bowling culture that now sees India with a plethora of quick men who can give it back with the best...
Hanuma Vihari Slams Triple Century for Andhra Pradesh
India's Premier First Class Tournament is heating up... here is a round up of Round Three.
You Again?! Redux
The ever money hungry BCCI has conjured up another Test series instead of allowing Indian players to participate fully in the Ranji Trophy, the premiere domestic First Class tournament. What will this achieve? India need to prepare for the more daunting challenge of facing South Africa in South Africa around the turn of the new year... This series doesn't seem to fit the bill. The only positive will be that Lanka having just swept Pakistan in UAE will not come in as the total no-hopers the shellacking they took from India in Lanka threatend to make them. Anyway here is the schedule of matches
Dinesh Karthik Leads India Red to Duleep Trophy
MS Washington Sundar (11 wickets in the match) and Vijay Gohil (eight wickets in the match) bowled India Red to a 163-run win the Duleep Trophy, 2017 final against India Blue. After setting India Blue a mammoth 393-run target, Sundar, who had also chipped in with the bat (88 and 42), returned to claim six for 87 in the second innings. His spin partner Gohil took three wickets in India Blue’s second innings as they bowled the side out for 229 with a day to spare.
Kohli: Results More Important Than Landmarks
The Indian captain is leading the team to new heights with his singular focus on results and an "un-Indian" attitude towards personal landmarks.
Duleep Trophy Squads and Schedule Announced
The Duleep Trophy will be played on a sqad basis rather than a Zonal basis as in the past. Hopefully this will ensure more challenging matches. Kanpur and Lucknow the two U.P. centers are set to host the historic tournament. Like last year the tournament will be played day/night with pink balls.
India Boss Lanka
India emphatically showed why it is ranked the No. 1 Test team in the world, with a dominating performance in Lanka that totally bossed it over the hosts. it took just about 11 days to win the series 3-0 and each match was won by a HUGE margin.
Indian Women Awarded $75,000 each for World Cup Performance
The BCCI announced a cash award of INR 50 Lakhs per player and INR 25 Lakhs per support staff for the excellent performance of the Women's Team in the recently concluded ICC Women's World Cup, where they lost a closely fought final against eventual winners England at Lord's. The prize money is definitely welcome, but what woulld have been even more welcome is if the BCCI began the groundwork to establish a Women's IPL tournament. Maybe the upcoming ICC Women's T20 World Cup will be a chance for the Indian women to showcase their skills in the shortest format of the game and make their case for a professional league even stronger. Afterall if a country like Australia with a population of 25 million or so can have a Women's T20 league why not India with over fifty times the population?
Dhawan Replaces Injured Vijay in Squad for Lanka Tour
Shikhar Dhawan was picked to replace Murali Vijay who apparently is still not fully recovered from a wrist injury for India's tour of Sri Lanka.
Teams for India A Tour of South Africa Announced
India A will play a tri-series of "ODIs" against the hosts and Australia A. India A will also play two "Tests" against the hosts. The limited overs side is led by Manish Pandey and the first class side will be led by recent Test triple centurion Karun Nair.
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