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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.
India Open Women's T20I World Cup With Two Wins
Leading from the front Indian captain Harmanpreet Kaur helped her team to make a great start to the 2018 Women's T20I World Cup being played in the West Indies.
Squads for India T20Is, Tests and ODIs upcoming
The Selectors have picked many players for the various upcoming Series. On the one hand it is heartening to see the depth of talent available, and also to see that the BCCI is providing great certainty by picking the various squads so early. But as the selection of FORTY odd players for the various series in England last summer demonstrated...just picking a lot of talent... but having poor planning in scheduling warm up games and also being a bit too rigid in later selection means that even with a potential bench of FORTY plus India still came out on the short end in both the ODIs and Tests... only managing to win the T20I series. The same mistake must not be repeated. In a late breaking news it is now learned that the selectors have added Kedar Jadhav to the squad for the last 2 ODIs versus West Indies. I guess his loud squawking about his being left out had the desired effect... though to be honest why he was not included in the squad in the first place defied logic. Also, a bit sad to see that Varun Aaron has not found a place in any of the squads... He did a stellar job for Jharkhand who reached the semi-finals of the Hazare Trophy, and it would have been useful to have a bowler with serious pace.(150kmph+) available for Australia in case the pace bowling needed to be beefed up.
The Amazing Mr. Jaddu
Once called a non-wicket taking bowler by the legendary Erapalli Prasanna early in his career, Jadeja now has 185 wickets in 39 Tests to Prasanna's own 189 in 49 Tests... So even legends can be fooled. Look at his numbers and compare them to all left arm bowlers pace or spin who have taken 100 or more Test wickets...
India versus Pakistan Test Pace Attacks
Pakistani fans and media naturally think their fast bowling is better than India's, but what is surprising is that even Indian media seem to think that is the case. But is that really so? In this piece I do a comparison and reach the conclusion that this is a myth colored by the historic imbalance between the pace attacks of the two sides, but not based on current statistics and performance.
Indian Women's Squad for T20 World Cup Announced
The Womens T20 World Cup is coming up in a month in West Indies, the home of the defending Womens T20 Champions. India have announced their Squad for the tournament. It will be led by Harmanpreet Kaur with Smriti Mandhana as vice captain. India will look to make the final 4 and from there anything is possible...
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