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India at ICC World Cup 2019


India’s powerful movement in ICC World Cup 2019, England ended abruptly with the losing to New Zealand in Semi Final. India was nearer to winning target but failed by few runs. India was all out in that semi Final clash. Many fans hope and aspirations disappeared from that.
In this match, India’s star performer such as Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli left the crease early and KL Rahul failed and India was in the state of complete tatters as three wickets failed within ten runs.

Jadeja performed brilliant in batting, bowling and fielding.

Direct throw from boundary runout during kiwi’s batting testify and justify the fielding talent ofJadeja always performs and excellent well in England but sadly his batting skills and talents are not utilised properly this time as he only played two to three world cup matches but his talent of batting never ever utilised properly by team management of India. During the last tour of test matches in England we have seen that in the last test match when he was given the chance of playing he scored a well made higher side of fifty and took vital wickets.

In this world cup matches he could only play with his batting talent as notable is that, he had three triple centuries to his credit in first class matches only Don bradman has similar statistics of scoring three triple centuries but still his batting talent is never ever properly utilised and batsman like Dinesh Kartik was given chance instead of Jadeja being playing as proper batsman.

Jadeja shows how good he can bat in the semi final match where he was almost given the ride to the train to ticket to final, but all the hopes and aspirations of all people dashed and bite the dust after the fall of jadeja wicket. The technique and the masterclass in which he bats goes on to prove the talent of jadeja which is still never ever properly utilised as his batting class can give him the batting position as we have seen some of Indian batsman who have been taking the chances of second down without properly managed talent and strength in which they can score runs.

In this world cup we see how batsman like KL Rahul is being given chances despite not so consistent performance, similar is the case with Dinesh Karthik and some of atsman and in those place Jadeja can be given fairer chance considering his batting class and mastery.

Similar is the case with Pant who was it chosen for the first line up of World Cup squad despite his brilliant performance of scoring a century at England and then he was called due to injury to Vijay Shankar and then he performed nice and he was never ever treated as being pinch hitter and that is the fault which Indian team must see and try to filed him in the cae with good performance.

The decision for fragile batting line up showed up at last with the presence of stalwarts who unfortunately failed miserably in semi final and that amounts to misery as the middle oder batting line up never ever solved this time as we have seen the presence of good batsman but due to sort of chances in batting for this entire tournament we found all of these just missed the boss at the last moment of not scoring fully and reaching at winning total. Dhoni should be playing at number four instead of six or seven as he can now stabilise the innings instead of oving innings at the rapid pace.

The Dhoni prior to 4 years is not the same as that of current Dhoni and Indian think tank and management should now this well before and instead of trying Ambati Rayudu, Vijay Shankar, KL Rahul, and others Dhoni should be in that batting order.

All of these amounts to complete failure and in the vital match of world cup at the knocked out stage India failed to capitalise and the fans have to wait agonising for four years from now on in order to hope for world cup.

We have seen dropping of Shami who has a hatric and taken four, four and five wickets in the three matches he played and dropped in this match and could be the match saver in bowling department and India could have been replaced Chahal with Shami as Shami can bat long and can hit ball for sies and brilliant world cup performance to say the least.

There are many unanswered and unsolved puzzle of the team choice in this world cup semi final, despite number one in long league matches and having won all the matches except England India still knocked out from the tournament.

If we can analyse this then we can find that choice of team and Dinesh Karthik as the replacement for Vijay Shankar is awesome with the performances of his batting in last few matches. We cannot look at par of India batsman batting in India and aboard and there has to be complete and clear demarcation of how talented a batsman could have been in alien or foreign conditions.

India needs to think in detail and din depth about this in order to find out real solve or conclusion of it. The loss of Shikhar Dhawan no doubt is the most difficult time but we can replace me in earlier with a strong opener who has good batting talent to have played nicely in alien conditions, Ambati Rayudu could have been better in middle order considering he is good fielder and a nice bowler bowling leg spin. Idi could have taken Ashwin as the spinner in original world cup squad as he is a handy batsman and a witty bowler and all of these are now opportunities lost but the million dollar question is can we learn from this or do the same mistakes over and over again and timelessly. Hope in the next time we should not be doing the similar mistake once again.

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Top order batting is the main worry for team India

Last updated on August 24th, 2019 at 12:36 pm

The on going one day series among India and Pakistan are now to the second ODI and its focus now shifted to Kolkata , where Pakistan team had always the better luck in performance at this venue. The match will be played here to day, and this is the second match of three ODI series and Pakistan are leading the series with first ODI they had won convincingly. It was clearly evident that in the first ODI, Indian top order was completely failed and performed miserable and they had gone to pavilion within 30 runs and the way most of the batters got out clean bowled, convincingly stated that they had failed to tackle Pakistan pacers and their problem was compounded by the fact that.

At Chennai there was rain, as with the case, there was rains always during winter and that makes the pitch more with moisture and then batters did not apply to the conditions and got out easily , where as players like Raina, Dhoni and Ashwin applied their techniques and brought India to a respectable score. Though the score showed at that time was never going to be a difficult chase for Pakistan and they won that cricket match. So, second one day is crucial in a three match ODI series and India will have to win it and level the series and then look for the third ODI to progress it farther. In the first match, Junaid, the speedster of Pakistan performed well and in this match it was now important how Indian batters would play him and that is crucial for the team.

He ripped through the top order in Chennai ODI with a figure of four wickets at the cost of 43 runs. In the first ODI, five of India’s top order unable to touch the double digits in that match, only due to laborious and courageous batting by captain with a well deserved century, his eighth in total, enables the team to show the respect in score board. It seemed that India team would be under pressure to perform well in this series and also to stay alive in this series, this is the must win match for them. With Sachin’s retirement, now Shewag is the most senior batsman and the pressure on him to perform and with Gambhir and Shewag failing miserably in last few matches, the cause for concern to have a good opening stand that would defend the pacers, has been there.

Evidently the performance of Shewhag in last year as ODI batsman has been below par excellence , and some news channels also discussing that this series might be the last chance for him to get his act together and perform , as with the case , in each team the role of openers had been significant and for this Shewag and Gambhir performance speaks a lot for the team to a build a good score , Shewhag in the last ten matches scored miserably 217 runs and with it one 96 against Sri Lanka and he failed almost in all the nine remaining matches and it is expected to have a good score in this match.

Some experts said on the last night discussion on TV that, Shewhag scored heavily in each eight match interval and this could be the match waiting to be his match, let us pray for it as it ultimately gain team India. Shewhag was not included in the recently ended T20 series against Pakistan which ended in 1-1 draw and Dhoni said that in ODI team Shewhag would be playing as an opener. Some said that his T20 career was over as they saw it as Shewag been dropped from the team, so it is high time Shewag to perform and show his true class. The form of young sensation and ICC ODI player of the year Virat Kohli has been the real cause of concern for team management.

He was injured in the last match whiles bowling, as his ankle twisted at the run up crease, there was suspense over his paying at Kolkatta match but ultimately he was fit to play and that is good news but he has to improve his performance. It has been seen apart from Yuvraj Singh all the other players at top order has not been consistent so far, Yuvraj was equally good with bat and the ball and his fitness were increasing day by day and that are a good signs as he was awarded for this excellent performances in two T20, one against England and the other one against Pakistan, where, the team able to level the series. In the last T20 match he score 72 off 36 balls and the way he hit sixes to spin and pace has been a decent cite to watch the match as a fan.

The captain said , his top order batting was bowled in the last match , as this goes on to show that bowling in that match was high class and for this he was very much positive as his top order would perform again here. The positive with fast bowling was Bhubaneswar Kumar, as he was bowling with a decent speed and that too swinging the balls in either ways vertically and that is making the opponent many a times bite the dust and he is perhaps one few bowlers who had taken the first wicket in first ball of his career and then he produced another wonderful delivery where, the batsman was almost leg before wicket.

Ashwin’s form is worrying as his ability to garner wickets has been declining and that makes the team management to think of it and detect what is wrong with it and him should be given more confidence so that his performance would become more and more wicket oriented. Sadly, of course the record of opposition is good here; it had won all the three ODI matches played so far. Pakistan has the one bowler Irfan who is seven feet and one inch tall and it seemed that he was injured as he could not bowl to his potential during last ten over and he might be replaced. The left arm seamer Junaid is bowling well and it can be the challenge for Indian top order to tackle effectively.

India played nicely in death overs and that could be the negative, which India could capitalize by playing slowly in initial overs. In the first ODI , Pakistan bowlers gave away 81 runs in last ten overs , on the other hand in a T20 match before that they had spent 74 runs in last five overs and this is emphasizing the fact that these bowlers of Pakistan are not good at last overs and India should realize this and capitalize this. With the arrival of Yonous to Pakistan team , its batting line up is now more experienced and good and it could pose a serious challenge to otherwise inexperienced bowling line up of India.

At Kolkatta sun sets early and thus evidently the dew can play its part, so it is better to win the toss and elect to bat, according to its curator, the pitch is a batting paradise, India captain praised the pitch and said it is looking like a Miss Universe, thus he intends to say that this pitch is good for batting. Dhoni also said that as this match starts early, probably no dew problems would occur. He hopes to win and level the series.

Get Set Go

Last updated on August 30th, 2019 at 12:55 pm

In this edition of Indian Premier League (hence IPL) the favourites will be Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super kings as the Chennai team won then the last edition of IPL4 and Mumbai is the close second. IPL inaugurated by Lalit Modi in 2008 to reduce the challenge forced by Indian Cricket League started by the Zee TV. Modi is no more at the helm of affairs and lots of controversies and dramas and now IPL is serving all these and going to start on April fourth of this year. In the first match the two time block buster champion Chennai will take on Mumbai in an exciting affair.

IPL five has now has nine teams with the newer ones form the last season will be the Pune from Sahara groups with a new stadium , their own one to be justified as the case for it improved positions in comparison to the last edition where the Pune team stays one top form the bottom. BCCI increase the Pune team trading window to February 29 and also they have the opportunities to play the five foreign players subject to the approval of other franchise members.

There was some controversies during the auction and the Sahara team withdraw form the auctions and later all the differences walked out within BCCI and Pune team of Sahara. IPL is all about entertainment , the entertainment with cricket of scoring high scores more than two hundred and also entertainment in all the fonts and that can be boost for the IPL an the success within for it. It is a challenge for the BCCI to attain to this and to make this the optimum efforts to make it more success as it is good for international cricket and for the healthy relationships of international cricket.

After lacklustre performance in the away series of England and Australia, ours bowlers and most of the batsman are out of form IPL is competitive and outs players can regain confidence and can get back their form by playing non stop competitive cricket. As Sunil Gavaskar had told a cricketer had to play relentlessly so that he would be reinventing himself from time to time. IPL has given opportunities to young and budding cricketers to play with the professionals and improve their play level to the maximum elasticity level. India is now comfortably chasing the target in One day international and fielding standard is now one among the best, these are positives but there are above mentioned negatives too.

Bowlers are now mixing the deliveries with ease and now thinking about each and every delivery but the negative side is due to continuous travel they are getting tired and injury scarce is more now. Now the payers are psychologically examined and the strategy and its implementation are now becoming the part of the game plan. IPL is the city based franchises and Indian fans are slowly following the clubs but what about other smaller cities like that of Bhubaneswar, Patna ,Indore , they are choosing from any of the team to support. Shewag, Dhoni, Tendulkar has been icon players for their respective teams and they are performing and they are now synonymous with their respective franchises.

In these three area the icon players and the fan followings are tremendously followed and this seems that IPL is slowly gaining momentum. What the IPL management is to aim at is not to go for any controversies and it should be away from the controversies other wise its reputation and the brand value can be reduced. IPL should be related to play and entertainment, as if anything goes to media especially the electronic media then it goes to the viral in negative ways and this can be harassing for IPL. This IPL may be the last one for Dravid , who retired after a disastrous tour of Australia and he has moved to Rajasthan and it is for sure he will paly at his best to get back the pride of Rajasthan who had won the first edition of IPL under able leadership of coach and mentor Warne.

What should IPL management do , as in case of every management, the managers should stay behind , they are like directors in a bollywood movie , they should be behind the scenes , away from the glares of electronic media and doing their job relentlessly. In this edition I want the fast bowler Sresanth to bowl fast and aggressively and taking wickets and come back to India team and same is for the Harbhajana and Uthapa to get back to the form as it is essential for the health and performance of Indian team. This year the favourites are definitely Chennai and Mumbai but the dark horse can be Bangalore.

Delhi must hope for a better show this time as they are last in the previous edition, This time their batting is stronger with Shewag and Warner at the top followed by Pieter son, Mahela and Ross Taylor and in the bowling font Morne Morkel and Umesh Yadav in their disposal. The bad part is that in the first part of the tournament the absence of top cricketers and how Shewag able to manage and taste the success in these matches remains to be watched and his captaincy will be tested due to lack of resources in the first part of the tournament.. Bowling strength of Delhi are Irfan Pathan , Agarkar, Yadav ,Morkel, Varun Aron .

Pune the new entrant form the last season , marred with controversies and now it seems to be settled . It has no Yuvraj but still thi team looks good with Ganguly is the captain but I doubt the now abilities of him having struggling to get back his perform and that may affect his batting form, the squad is full of all rounder’s which can be a boon or sometimes the curse so Pune have to be trading with caution while team selection. The last year disappointment Graeme Smith at the top , Uthapa, Ryder , Nehra and leg spinner Rahul Sharma. Smauels , Luke Wright are some of the prominent players in the line up that can spring surprise and bounce back form a difficult situation.

The Punjab team can be a difficult opposition as captained by Gilchrist and this depends has too much dependence with over seas players and this can be a catch twenty two situation for this team as if they are able to get back to their highest form then they can post a bigger challenge . Gilchrist, Paul, Marsh , David Hussey , Abhisekha Nayar , Stuart Broad, VRV Singh , Power some of the potent weapon in this team. They have lesser known domestic players those who had made their mark in some part of the tournament.

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Technology Help for Umpires in Decision Making

Last updated on September 26th, 2019 at 12:07 pm

There are lots of controversies whether to adopt technology in cricket field or not. Technology is full proof or not or is it only making the matter worse? Hawk eye and other technology advancements have been always shrouded with lots of controversies and its impact on cricket has been more or less damaging. In order to use full proof technology, the technology is itself needs to be tamper proof, let us take an example. In order to detect a ball is a no ball or not there are various aspects of camera angles and also not so puzzling picture is the need of the hour from the host broadcaster and these needs to be perfected.

Of late series against England in the last summer at England, against India I have seen some very hazy broad cast on some decision making. In the recently concluded series at West indies against India if I recollect right Dhoni was declared out of a no ball and when the field umpire connects to the third umpire who is always local that is in this case from the west indies, Actually the umpire was shown the footage of the previous delivery from the bowler which was not a no ball this is ridiculous and the host broad caster either manipulates or the technology manipulates the host broad caster only the lord knows and the person who did that knows fully well.

These are some of the difficulties in dealing with technology. In the recent on going series of Australia and Kiwis, Australia captain M. Clarke played on, he was recalled by the infield umpire in charge Rauf, and the replay show the ball was no ball. This is a very good decision by the field umpire. If this not been reviews then it can create one more controversy and this time for technology. As we have seen technology must be use buy correct person unselfishly so that it will produce the results. If technology is getting back at you and making you do the mistakes one after another whether positively or negatively then should this be part of the cricket?

Lots of thoughts and lots of pondering should be done as this sports deals with people as the Australians say Indian are crazy for this sport then as Mr. Chappell announces in the commentary during this controversy that if Mr. Rauf would not do that by referring for no ball then it could lead to a big controversy the word tells it all. Cricket and technology seems to be going separate ways though the both sides of the same coin but cannot meet at one side.

Victory Over South Africa In Third Test- Not A Flash In The Pan

Last updated on November 4th, 2019 at 12:22 pm

On a very few occasions earlier, so much of praise was showered on the curator as in the just concluded Second Test which India won comprehensively. The pitch of Eden Gardens was so much well prepared for a five-day test that it never broke and its liveliness and compatibility to all areas of craftsmanship remained throughout the five days despite rain intervening for about a day. That the character of the pitch did not change during the entire course of the match is to the credit of the curator.

The pitch had something to offer to every player of every sort whether he is a bowler or a batsman or a fielder. This is great. Kudos to the curator. While India’s loss in the First Test is excusable, South Africa’s is not because they were a full strength and fully-equipped team, yet offering only one player of real note- Hashim Amla. All other players in the team were found wanting. They should know that only thunderous pace is not going to trouble India, the number one team in the world. South African bowlers are not adequate enough for the likes of Tendulkar, Dhoni, Sehwag and Laxman.

They were rather lucky that Dravid, Laxman, Yuvraj were not playing in the first test and Dravid and yuvraj in the second and their replacements were only raw and novice for test cricket which requires tons of patience, concentration and character. Our dreaded battery of fast bowlers were all half-fit and bowled with reduced pace and run-up. Ishant Sharma hardly touched 140kms., though he is capable of 145kms.+. Sreesanth, Zaheer, Nehera were all half-fit. One can very well imagine what would have been the plight of South Africa had a full-strength and fully-fit Indian team played both the tests.

Again, a word for the critics who despite claiming to be of international stature had criticized Indian bowling stating that India does not have the bowling strength to take twenty wickets of its opposition. It is not by the toss of a coin that India has assumed the number one position, but by sordid performance over the last thirty-five tests or so spanning over a brace of years when India grounded all oppositions virtually, the ICC parameter-system has exalted it into that position. Such talks are condemn ably rubbish as such critics are only overawed by a phobia that the country they belong to and like have been god-graced to become number one.

That India handicapped by Zaheer’s absence could take all second innings wickets with only three bowlers bowling is both commendable and creditable. Unquestionably, Harabhajan was the pick of the Indian bowlers, but the support lent by Amit and Ishanta were immense and adequate. All three bowlers complimented and supplemented each other to get rid of South Africa in a little over four sessions in the second innings. It is often seen in test cricket that Indian spinners toil to take the tail-enders. Here also Parnel and Harris harassed our spinners by offering stubborn resistance.

I have a word of praise for Ishant Sharma for getting both the wickets to facilitate Harabhajan to take the last wicket to wrap up the match. Ishant worked up a lively pace with his bouncy deliveries bowling ten to twelve overs more than his share to make up for the absence of Zaheer. Kudos to our all three lion- hearted bowlers. Finally, a word of praise for MSD who has been time and again proving that he has been cut out for the job with his shrewd captaincy and sordid performances both behind and in front of the wicket. Well Done India.

Youth vs Experience in Cricket

Last updated on August 13th, 2019 at 02:15 pm

Sports is the game where we do find plenty of attachments towards younger generations as sports needs plenty of amount of energy and enthusiasm towards playing for the best. Many say that it is for the youngster but there are cases when we do find that there are exceptions when we take the support of elders or experience player most of them have some exceptional qualities. Most of exceptional players even though they become experience and at the fag end of their career tend to stay within team.

Then the question arises whether these players are adding values to the team or they are degrading performance of team so that the winnability factor becomes far lesser. From time to time even for some exceptional players they tend to fall from their highest performance and still in team and that can hamper team’s winning formulae in the long term. In indirect manner they can be stopping layers to perform and younger ones to step into their shoes.

Sports and especially the cricket is such that it is the right time to pick and then allow players to choose at right time otherwise form are not permanent but class is but class comes to the centerstage when there is the players have the openings to perform. Performance of everything that matters the most and ultimately the winnability factor is of prime importance.

Good team sees this and then it advises the experience players when they should take retirement so that this should not be affecting winnable performance of their team. Also the performance of younger players matters when they are knocking the doors then selectors have to select either from experience or from youngster. At no such occasion any youngster should be left out due to presence of large umber of experience players.

This should sound some awkwardness but one should see how the winning percentages of team matters the most and for this one should understand that the process of understanding these in terms of various factors, as sports is the game of youngsters and due to avent of professionalisms as well as modern game play we need more and more younger players to come forward and some sort of experiences of international playing so that  ultimately when we do play bigger tournaments ours team set up and permanent structure and winning ability.

Take the example of Sri Lanka cricket team and once it was full of champion players such as Jayasurya, Sangakar, Mahela jayawardene, Vaas, Muralitharan and then all of a sudden all of these experience players hung their boots. Instead of allowing younger player step by step they do not allow this and most of experience players played for long and then their retirement and this spells doom for their tema and ultimately their team is now full of new players and have hardly any experience with them.

What it makes to the team is there due to lack of alternatives in the long run when the experience players do retire as no one can play forever then the vacant that emerges due to this makes the performance of the team below par. So, it is for selectors, team management to decide upon the future course of action and see what will be the future of the team as a whole not thinking about individuals per se.