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Sunday, March 8, 2015

Maxwell pulls Kangaroos to victory

Great batting by Glenn Maxwell and co saw Aussies score 376. SL started well, with a century by Sangakara, but could only muster 312. 

Aussies' formidable batting line up, displayed its wonders today, as they amassed 376 off the hapless Sri Lankans. A blistering 102 off 53 balls by Maxwell and half centuries by Clarke, Smith and Watson saw them amass 376, pushing the match away from SL.

Despite Sanga's spirited 100 ( his third consecutive 100 ), SL could not make it. Dilshan's 62 and Chandimal's 62 went in vain !

A great match, with both sides scoring over 300 and the better side winning !

Monday, March 2, 2015

Strategies for India !

Gayle and Bram Villiers are impact batsmen, who can change the complexion of the game.

In one WC match, Pat Symcox, the offspinner bowled the first over to Gayle. The ball pitched on the middle stump, turned and took the edge of the bat and went to slips. Gayle out for a blob ! That is how the South Africans took Gayle !

We advocate the same method. Let Ashwin bowl the first over to Gayle . The ideal combination, off spinner to left hander !

Hope Ind beat WI on 6th.

Regarding Bram Villiers, his Achilles heel is getting himself run out. Just tighten the fielding when he comes.

Another impact player is Shahid Afridi. He can be a huge threat to any side. He is vulnerable in the initial stages. He has a habit of trying to hit the first ball for six. Highly praiseworthy, but risky. So tempt him with spin !

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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Paper tigers !

The adverse positions of Jupiter and Saturn have done India in. Now it will take time for Indian cricket to redeem itself !

Tigers at home and kittens abroad 

Friday, June 28, 2013

India hard pressed to defend reputation of being World Champions !

Now India is in the Carribean and two powerful teams are getting at them, the WI and SL !

Dhoni admits that expectations are high for India. The Indian fans want more victories and this will be difficult to give. You cant win all matches all the time. But Young India is very fit, to take challenges. Dhoni has gone on record that a gutsy player is better than a skilled player. Mental toughness is all that counts. 

WI meet SL today for the first match, which begins at 0800 PM IST.

For India, Shikhar Dhawan is now more experienced, wiser and stronger ! Is the the true replacement for Sehwag ? Time alone will tell.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Jupiter in the Second gives victory to India again !

The Indian fast bowlers worked as a team and this was responsible for India's emphatic 8 wicket win over SL. Another quickie, Ishant Sharma, struck form and SL was reduced to nothing by his accurate swing and he was declared the Man of the Match!  Virat Kohli struck form. It was B Kumar who first struck for India, removing the inexperienced Kusal Pereira, who edged one to Raina ! In 18 overs, the Indian speedsters had reduced SL to 41/3, in overcast conditions. It was a good toss for Dhoni who elected to bowl ! Ishant removed Mahela and Thirumanne in successive overs !

Ishant said  

"The wicket was two paced and there was lot of movement and bounce. I am happy that I could find my rhythm and hit the right lengths. It's very important to bowl in the right areas and I am lucky I did it." 

"I am not to bowl like this every day." he added. 

"It's a good feeling. I don't want to call myself the leader of the pace attack because we are working hard as a team and Bhuvi (Bhuvneshwar Kumar) and Umesh (Yadav) are bowling well as well. It's team work" 

"I was bowling well in the IPL and I am just taking that momentum forward. It's not only about conditions, it's about bowling in the right areas. I have been doing this from the IPL," he said. 

About Dhoni backing him, he said  "MS bhai is always supporting and it's a pleasure to have him as our captain" "Everyone is charged up. We are getting better as a fielding unit and bowlers are getting that confidence." He said he has no special plans against formidable England.

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