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Ajay Venkitaraman

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A Computer Science junkie by profession and a Cricket maniac by passion, my time is majorly spent coding while listening to Michael Holding implore bowlers to keep it 'full and straight' and Bill Lawry cry out 'It's all happening here at the Gabba'. Love reading and writing long articles with enough depth to plumb Mariana Trench. I spread my verbosity here from time to time: https://iamanamateur.wordpress.com/

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Chase might still be on because of his spin. I’m still not too sure about Warrican. But yeah, the so-called first team needs to open its eyes because there’s a confident bunch of players that are waiting to pounce on any slip-ups.

The Test series that flew under cricket fans’ radars

They probably took the WI too lightly, especially after the ODI series. And they’ve shown a tendency to crack when under pressure often. But they’re still a newish Test-playing nation. They’ll get better for sure.

The Test series that flew under cricket fans’ radars

I’d take a couple of tours from them over a vote of thanks any day. That’s the next best thing apart from them giving WI a share in the revenue.

The Test series that flew under cricket fans’ radars

I’d probably be making a bold statement by saying this is the best innings in a debut Test. The only one that comes to mind which can give this a run for its money is the debut innings by Faf du Plessis at Adelaide.

The Test series that flew under cricket fans’ radars

It’s almost the case today, with India, Australia and England touring each other so regularly. England, India and Australia have played 19, 15 and 15 matches under the WTC respectively. FTP is a joke. South Africa until a couple of years ago was largely successful. Yet, WI hasn’t toured SA since 2014/15 and SA hasn’t played a test in WI since 2010 (there was an ODI tri-series in 2016 and the 2020 tour was cancelled). There needs to be a better revenue division firstly. Even if two divisions would provide context, these issues won’t be mitigated until the revenue division issue is solved.

The Test series that flew under cricket fans’ radars

True, the only thing they need is consistency. That is often the most elusive attribute in a team in this state though.

The Test series that flew under cricket fans’ radars

Unfortunately, that was the case in a lot of countries (including India, which is ridiculous, considering the proximity and interest in Cricket in the country). How are we supposed to popularize the sport in newer countries when we don’t have a way to watch the sport in countries that already play it?

The Test series that flew under cricket fans’ radars

Thank you so much. Feels great, coming from a Roar Guru.

The Test series that flew under cricket fans’ radars

Thank you so much for your comment. It was a really great series even from a neutral perspective.

The Test series that flew under cricket fans’ radars

Seems so. Can’t remember WICB (or CWI) administration being straight for a very long time. If it’s not so and they feel that new leadership is their magic wand, then I think they’ve not learnt anything from the past.

Is Jason Holder the most underrated player in world cricket?

As a West Indian fan, I’m not really happy with the move. Even though Holder has a lot on his plate, getting an injury-prone, 32-year-old to captain a team which needs to lay its foundations for the next World Cup is not looking forward. Moreover, a captain who has had commitment issues to international cricket is probably setting a wrong example too. Lastly, I am doubtful if Pollard would walk into the ODI side as a player.

Is Jason Holder the most underrated player in world cricket?

Thank you so much for reading and commenting on my article. I was doubtful about the response a non-Australian cricket article would have here, but I have to say I have been pleasantly surprised by this response I’ve got.

Is Jason Holder the most underrated player in world cricket?

Thank you so much, Chris.

Is Jason Holder the most underrated player in world cricket?

This means a lot. Thank you, Paul.

Is Jason Holder the most underrated player in world cricket?

True. I thought they’re going to kill a great potential. But he’s shown class and balls that not many others in his position have shown in WI cricket. Hope he continues to perform the way he has.

Is Jason Holder the most underrated player in world cricket?

Exactly. People thought he was just another Darren Sammy, which he probably was for a year or so. But he was more talented and had as much heart as Sammy did and he’s made good use of it so far.

Is Jason Holder the most underrated player in world cricket?

Coming from a Roar Guru, I feel a bit validated here. Thank you for reading the entire thing.

Is Jason Holder the most underrated player in world cricket?

You stumped me with that question. I have been here only for a short while and I don’t know of any locals who are into cricket. I’ve tried to capture their attention towards the game though, with moderate success. It’s a work in progress though.

Ben Stokes: More than just a cricketing hero

To be honest, I’m neither an Australian (nor an Brit) for that matter. I’m from India, currently in the US of A, and I’m passionate about world cricket in general. To the extent that I sometimes have constant headaches after messing my sleep schedule because of matches during odd hours.

I was thinking of a shorter article and probably a statistical analysis which some may find boring anyway, and hence my reservations on publishing here.

Ben Stokes: More than just a cricketing hero

Hey I had a question and I didn’t know the best place to ask this, so I’m asking you. As you said this was my first article for The Roar, and luckily it was related to Australian cricket. If I wrote something that’s related to cricket, but not related to Australian cricket, would I find takers here? Because if I do publish, but people aren’t as interested, then I can’t publish it anywhere else. So there’s a Catch-22 here.

Ben Stokes: More than just a cricketing hero

Right, but you need not always be born in a country to belong to a country. Nationality works in really funny ways.

Ben Stokes: More than just a cricketing hero

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Ben Stokes: More than just a cricketing hero

Looking forward to writing more. Thank you so much.

Ben Stokes: More than just a cricketing hero

That was one cool image. Thank you for that.

Ben Stokes: More than just a cricketing hero

As far as I know he’s partly Dutch and partly Australian. He played for both countries in a short international career.

Ben Stokes: More than just a cricketing hero

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