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India Step Into The Vacuum
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21 November, 2018 04:46
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Re: India Step Into The Vacuum
Birbal (IP Logged)
21 November, 2018 15:08
First of appetizers was a bit too spicy. India help Australia end losing streak in the format at 4 losses in a row. Already "ceasing" the big moments such as dropping the opposition captain then misfielding and gifting him runs....smiling smiley

Virat needs to kick himself in the backside... or maybe just let Rohit lead in the shorter formats.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 21/11/2018 16:39 by Birbal.

 
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Birbal (IP Logged)
23 November, 2018 19:32
The second T20I ends in a damp squib... no result...and India can at most draw the series... appetizers were spicy and soggy so far...smiling smiley

 
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Birbal (IP Logged)
23 November, 2018 19:32
The second T20I ends in a damp squib... no result...and India can at most draw the series... appetizers were spicy and soggy so far...smiling smiley

 
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Birbal (IP Logged)
28 November, 2018 17:28
Third appetizer was good... but then the 4 day match is now a washout on day 1... anyway India diluted its significance by insisting that it be a NON FIRST CLASS fixture...with all 18 getting a chance to bat and bowl... i.e. a GLORIFIED NET SESSION...

BCCI, Shastri and Virat have learned NOTHING from the debacles in South Africa and later England... I fear this series will also be one where India will be "competitive" and the bowling will be fine...but the batting will once again let us down...SIGH!

 
Akbar
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Akbar (IP Logged)
30 November, 2018 02:48
Prithvi Shaw gets injured. Nasty injury. Doesn't look good.

 
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Birbal (IP Logged)
01 December, 2018 01:05
Freak injury... may be out for at least 2-3 Tests... that would dent India's chances... though to be honest he was a rookie with only 2 Tests against a lowly Windies in home conditions... India may need to be bold here and pick Parthiv Patel as an opener... his cut and pull style of batting would be similar to Shaw's though of course he is a lefty and Shaw is a righty...

Obviously at the start of the game they didn't have Parthiv bat... but it may be useful to have him bat in the second knock... if and when they can knock over the rookie Aussie side...smiling smiley

 
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Birbal (IP Logged)
01 December, 2018 22:12
Guess they have decided to go with Rahul and Vijay. Rahul got a fifty and Vijay a hundred.

 
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Birbal (IP Logged)
05 December, 2018 23:38
India pick Rohit Sharma at 6... and go in with just 4 bowlers... in the first Test... Ashwin will be the lone specialist spinner... Rohit and maybe even Vijay may have to bowl a few overs of spin...Anyway Kohli starts on a winning note by winning the toss...something he didn't do often in SA and England...

Game On!

 
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Birbal (IP Logged)
06 December, 2018 20:51
But all downhill from toss. Only pujara stood firm among the ruins

 
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Birbal (IP Logged)
08 December, 2018 23:17
Indian bowlers as expected were stellar...now up to the Indian batsmen to make it count... They have done a better job so far... but still not convinced about Rahane... If he fails again.. he may need to be dropped... even though he is Vice Captain

 
Akbar
Re: India Step Into The Vacuum
Akbar (IP Logged)
10 December, 2018 16:53
India win first test by 31 runs. Margin was too close.
Australian tail is very strong. India should keep that in mind and should not throw their wickets away.
Losing last four for four was criminal. A further 50 runs would have kept My ndia without pressure.

 
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Birbal (IP Logged)
10 December, 2018 17:31
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Third appetizer was good... but then the 4 day match is now a washout on day 1... anyway India diluted its significance by insisting that it be a NON FIRST CLASS fixture...with all 18 getting a chance to bat and bowl... i.e. a GLORIFIED NET SESSION...
BCCI, Shastri and Virat have learned NOTHING from the debacles in South Africa and later England... I fear this series will also be one where India will be "competitive" and the bowling will be fine...but the batting will once again let us down...SIGH!

One thing they DID LEARN is to not drop Pujara... and he saved their butts... without him this would have been same old, same old... and unlike Vijay and Rohit and Rahul he did not play against NZ A....

I would pick Shaw if fit over Vijay at Perth... Otherwise the same XI works...as long as the pace bowlers are fully fit... (they bowled quite a few overs)... and Umesh and Bhuvi must be chomping at the bit to get a game...



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 10/12/2018 17:37 by Birbal.

 
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Re: India Step Into The Vacuum
Akbar (IP Logged)
13 December, 2018 07:04
Rohit, Ashwin out due to injury. Shaw hasn't recovered yet.
I guess they will have to go with 5 bowlers if they do not pick Jadeja. Picking 4 bowlers without a spinner is risky.

 
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Birbal (IP Logged)
13 December, 2018 17:09
I think they will risk Vihari as lone spinner... which is foolish... I would pick Jadeja instead of Rohit and Bhuvi to replace Ashwin at 8... But that is unlikely to happen

 
Akbar
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Akbar (IP Logged)
14 December, 2018 19:58
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I think they will risk Vihari as lone spinner... which is foolish... I would pick Jadeja instead of Rohit and Bhuvi to replace Ashwin at 8... But that is unlikely to happen

Vihari picked up two wickets.
Shami is a bit off the boil though. Australia in a strong position at 277/6.
Pitch was not as bouncy in beginning as Pant collected some deliveries at his ankle height.

 
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Birbal (IP Logged)
14 December, 2018 21:17
If Vihari a true PART TIMER can pick up two.. I think Nathan Lyon will pick up 8-10... in the match...and make Arrogant Shastri and Kohli have egg on their face...

They should have picked Jadeja... he scored nearly 200 runs and took 14 wicket in his last three Tests...what more can he do?



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Akbar
Re: India Step Into The Vacuum
Akbar (IP Logged)
14 December, 2018 23:23
Why Kohli and Shastri keep committing selection blunders? Everyone knew that going with 4 quicks and no spinners is going to be risky.

 
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Birbal (IP Logged)
15 December, 2018 03:44
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Why Kohli and Shastri keep committing selection blunders? Everyone knew that going with 4 quicks and no spinners is going to be risky.

Arrogance... pure and simple

 
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Birbal (IP Logged)
15 December, 2018 03:44
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Why Kohli and Shastri keep committing selection blunders? Everyone knew that going with 4 quicks and no spinners is going to be risky.

Arrogance... pure and simple

 
Akbar
Re: India Step Into The Vacuum
Akbar (IP Logged)
15 December, 2018 17:45
India's openers are another problem. Although they played well in previous test's 2nd innings. I guess they can be given benefit of doubt for this test.

 
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Birbal (IP Logged)
15 December, 2018 21:52
Vijay got a brilliant ball but he did leave a gap between bat and pad. Rahul was bowled again. And he was not even playing straight. He was trying to work that Yorker on the leg side. Pujara got identical ball fro. Hazlewood but played it solidly straight. I’d pick Shaw for next test. Woh sits between Vijay and Rahul depends on each does in second knock.

 
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Birbal (IP Logged)
16 December, 2018 04:23
Lyon gets Rahane FIRST ball... and drives a stake through the heart of India's chances...

And the arrogant Shastri and Virat didn't pick a spinner... will come to bite them in the ass

 
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Re: India Step Into The Vacuum
Birbal (IP Logged)
16 December, 2018 05:48
Five-for for Lyon in first innings. Even I could see this but arrogant Shastri and Kohli didn’t pick Jadeja. He’d have been a handful on this wicket.



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Re: India Step Into The Vacuum
Birbal (IP Logged)
16 December, 2018 05:53
If Aussies lead reaches 250 game over for India.

 
Akbar
Re: India Step Into The Vacuum
Akbar (IP Logged)
16 December, 2018 15:22
Aussies are almost there at 132/4. This will take a miracle for India to win.

 
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Birbal (IP Logged)
16 December, 2018 20:38
Miracle not going to happen.. Lyon will get a 10 for most likely...

 
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Birbal (IP Logged)
27 December, 2018 17:47
The drop in pitches for the Tests in Australia have been very tough to bat on... It is ok.. but it makes for turgid cricket... and all but true fans of Test cricket may be turned off...

 
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Re: India Step Into The Vacuum
Birbal (IP Logged)
28 December, 2018 16:38
MCG pitch now playing up and down... BTW, India still need to add 100 more to be totally safe... so poor batting from Indian top order...

Why the rigidity in batting order... could easily have promoted Pant or Jadeja in the top 4?...

Rohit shows again why he DOESN'T BELONG in TEST CRICKET...

 
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Re: India Step Into The Vacuum
Akbar (IP Logged)
29 December, 2018 20:18
India on verge of winning with just two wickets required.
Cummins has been a revelation. He is a quality player.

 
Akbar
Re: India Step Into The Vacuum
Akbar (IP Logged)
29 December, 2018 20:20
Surprisingly, none of Australian batsmen has scored any century so far. Cummins has a small chance to do that today.

 
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Re: India Step Into The Vacuum
Birbal (IP Logged)
30 December, 2018 02:38
India go up 2-1... Onto Sydney... hope its not a drop in pitch..

 
Akbar
Re: India Step Into The Vacuum
Akbar (IP Logged)
30 December, 2018 03:50
India are 2-1 up. First time in my memory India win two tests in Australia.

 
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Re: India Step Into The Vacuum
Birbal (IP Logged)
30 December, 2018 05:28
I still remember India coming back from 0-2 to tie it 2-2 then lose the 5th one to lose 2-3 overall back in 1977-78

 
Akbar
Re: India Step Into The Vacuum
Akbar (IP Logged)
30 December, 2018 20:18
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I still remember India coming back from 0-2 to tie it 2-2 then lose the 5th one to lose 2-3 overall back in 1977-78

Excellent comeback that one : from 0-2 to 2-2.

 
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Re: India Step Into The Vacuum
Birbal (IP Logged)
31 December, 2018 22:39
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I still remember India coming back from 0-2 to tie it 2-2 then lose the 5th one to lose 2-3 overall back in 1977-78

Excellent comeback that one : from 0-2 to 2-2.

It was the weakest Aussie team ever to play at home versus India though... they brought back 40 year old Bobby Simpson out of retirement to lead the side... as the whole side except Jeff Thommo signed up for Packer and were banned....

Still good comeback... and it happened at MCG and SCG...two grounds most India like...we can credit Gavaskar, Viswanath, and Amarnath in batting and Chandra, Bedi and Pras in bowling... though Madan Lal and Ghavri did decently too...

 
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Re: India Step Into The Vacuum
Birbal (IP Logged)
07 January, 2019 04:38
They conquer the final frontier even thoug in a bit a vacuum

 
Akbar
Re: India Step Into The Vacuum
Akbar (IP Logged)
08 January, 2019 23:51
ends on a wonderful note.
Now only South Africa is remaining.


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