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Ranchi Test was a Bad Day for India

It was a pretty bad first day of the test match for India in Ranchi.

They conceded close to 300 runs without taking too many wickets of the Aussies and their skipper Virat Kohli hurt himself badly too while making a fielding effort close to the boundary ropes.

Virat tried to slide, but, it went wrong and the way he fell, it looked very, very ugly. He held his shoulder with one of his hands and was seen grimacing for several minutes before the team doctor ran in to provide him some first aid.

Virat is someone who would never agree to leave the ground if the pain is manageable. In fact, he endures even more than manageable pain. His fans wouldn’t have forgotten him batting with a split finger in the last year’s IPL.

So, for a lad like that to come off the ground straightaway after the blow, the Indian fans probably feared the worst at that time itself.

If he had gone out just for an ice-pack, he should have returned after half an hour or maximum an hour, but, that didn’t happen. He didn’t return and that led to various kinds of speculations with some even doubting that it might be the dislocation of the shoulder. (more…)


Following the retirement of cricketing icon and legend, Sachin Tendulkar, Indian cricket fans have been in the lookout for a cricketer who could fill in the giant vacuum left by Sachin.

And from the look of things, it seems the wait is finally over, as ViratKohli looks like the man to take over the mantle from Tendulkar.

The year 2016 has been quite a very favorable year for Kohli as he has gone on to break a lot of records to the extent the BCCI coined a new phrase for it; ‘Kholified’.

The fourth day of the five test match being played in Mumbai at the Wankhede Stadium against England, saw the Indian Test Captain score a career-best of 235.

He also went on to score his third double century this year, as JayantYadav went on to complement his score with a maiden hundred, thus pushing India further up to pile up a mammoth 631, thus holding a massive lead of 231 runs over their touring opponents. (more…)

Coaching Professionals to be Hired from Outside India by BCCI

It seems not a lot of coaching professionals outside of India are willing to be hired by the BCCI as the advertisement released by the Cricket board for the post of the head coach has not drawn much interest from overseas.

The India coaching job is one of the most lucrative jobs in world Cricket and thus, a number of top coaches from around the world were believed to put their names forward for that, but, so far, only a couple of applications have come from the foreigners.

The coaches are now increasingly getting hesitant in associating themselves with any of the international teams because of the devotion of time it requires. They would rather take up the opportunities coming from the franchises of the twenty 20 leagues as that sort of job would keep them away from home only for a period of 6 to 8 weeks.

People like Tom Moody and Gary Kirsten who have had immense success coaching at the international level with Sri Lanka and India are now involved only in the leagues.

While, Kirsten was the head coach of the Delhi Daredevils in the 2014 and the 2015 Season, Moody has been in the same capacity at the Hyderabad franchise for the past three years.

India and Bangladesh quest in Asia Cup

India and Bangladesh will be competing against each other for the Asia Cup title on 6th of March.

While Bangladesh has never been the Asian Champions before, India has won this prestigious title on 5 occasions and the men in Blue would be the favourites in Sunday’s game too.

Nobody would count out Bangladesh that easily though as they know their own conditions pretty well and have already hunted down a couple of big boys in the tournament in the form of Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

India, however, looks a bit too hot for them, but, with their energy and crowd support, this current Bangladeshi team is good enough to pull off anything.

India has been the team of the tournament so far, defeating everyone rather dominatingly and they still have a game to go against the United Arab Emirates before the final which would probably serve as a good practice for them.

However, when they had been made to play on a green wicket against Bangladesh in the tournament opener, they had been a little shaky and had it not been for that Rohit-Pandya blitz, it could have been quite a close game. (more…)

Ravindra Jadeja has made his way back into the Indian test team

Ravindra Jadeja has made his way back into the Indian test team.

He has been rewarded for his good form in domestic Cricket as he has been named in the squad for the upcoming Mandela-Gandhi test series.

With Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri quite insistent on the fact that they would play with 5 bowlers, the inclusion of somebody like Jadeja was always on the cards for he is exactly the kind of player you want to have in the XI in Indian conditions.

Not only does he provide you a lot with the ball, he is not bad with the bat either.

Yes, so far in his test career, he has failed to make any big contribution as a batsman, but, most of his test matches he has played overseas and on those pitches, his game has limitations.

However, on the slow pitches in India, he is a handy bat and a fine, fine bowler especially on the 4th and 5th day when the wear and tear on the pitch starts helping the ball spin.

Jadeja had last played a test match for India on the England tour last year. Thereafter, he was retained for the Australia tour as well and he had even travelled with the team to Down Under, but, he had to head back home before the start of the second test to receive treatment on shoulder injury.

Later, the selectors opted not to pick him for the One off test played in Bangladesh and went with Harbhajan Singh instead. (more…)

MS Dhoni and the Indian team management have not yet decided to have a look at the young Gurkeerat Mann

It’s quite surprising that MS Dhoni and the Indian team management have not yet decided to have a look at the young Gurkeerat Mann even after the repeated failures of the lower middle order in the series against South Africa.

Mann is a batting all rounder who is a decent finisher and can bowl a bit of off spin.

Often in this series, India has had to suffer because of the lack of depth in batting.

Mann is probably someone whom the team requires at no. 7 at this point in time as he is a multi dimensional player and has got different gears in his batting.

Although, bowling wise, he is a work in progress and he still can’t be considered a 10-over bowler, but, he is making regular improvements.

Playing for the “A” team recently, he bowled some decent spells.

Currently, it’s Axar Patel who is occupying the no. 7 slot for India, but, that looks one position too high for him.

Yes, he is no mug with the bat and can play some big shots, but, you still can’t call him an all rounder.

He was tipped to be the ideal replacement for Ravindra Jadeja and while, in bowling, he has shown he is as good as his state mate, he doesn’t seem to possess the same sort of quality in batting as Jadeja. (more…)