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Arnab Bhattacharya

Roar Guru

Joined February 2019







I make up supporting Bangladesh and Arsenal by being a Melbourne Storm fan. Cricket, league and football fanatic.



Yeah that was my mistake on not including Peirsons performances. But I was looking more at players who I feel will play for Australia in Test cricket over the next few years. Unfortunately, it seems Peirson will follow the steps of Chris Hartley with Carey and Inglis preferred over him.

Takeaways from Australia A’s series win over Sri Lanka A

Idk what the result will be but I’ve got a little stat (when have I not loved stats)

Holmes in Origin since his return in 2020

3 games at fullback – Queensland lose by 20+ in all of them games
3 games on the left edge – QLD won all of them

Gonna be interesting how he goes with a 4th different combination on the left backline but if he turns up, QLD to clinch the series in Perth

The Roar’s State of Origin expert tips and predictions: NSW Blues vs Queensland Maroons Game 2

Australia is a multicultural nation and we cannot embrace us as a nation being multicultural while at the same time have a go at athletes who represent their heritage over their nation of birth.

So what if many Pacific stars were born in Australia or NZ: International rugby league is the winner

Yep Langer was his skipper in grade cricket if I’m not wrong. Was teammates with Stoinis and Marcus Harris

Mitchell's 81 puts NZ in charge against England

A game where individual brilliance won us instead of dominating the opposition. If Wright and Atkinson start vs Peru, we’re screwed

REACTION: Hrustic's 'nuclear' winner as Socceroos 'kick, bite and scratch' one step closer to World Cup

If CDG and Southee are the only players who got over 20 in the NZ lineup, then you just know how poor the Blackcaps were with the bat

'More false dawns than an insomniac': England roasted after 'brainless' batting collapse undoes debutant's heroics

Got the feeling that Gus hasn’t found a person yet who’d be willing to be the scapegoat should things go south

NRL Round 12 talking points: Get those points in the bank

This week will be a great test of Penriths bench strength. And I think they’ll pass as long as they remain defensively solid + good luck beating them at Bluebet twice in a season

NRL Round 12 talking points: Get those points in the bank

Ever since Ikin has come in, the Broncos as a club seem a lot more stable which has produced positive results on and off the field (well mostly positive off). And Ikin won’t take any bs IMO, thus Haas will leave. Whether his attitude improves after leaving Broncs? Only time will tell

'Pony up': Broncos must do whatever it takes to keep Haas as Origin star requests immediate release

Much better than last years one as the spectacle of the event was taken away by the high tackles ruling. Cowboys and Broncos impressive again as they seem to have forgotten what losing means. Cowboys v Storm on Saturday is going to be a great battle

NRL Magic Round talking points: I'm never gonna stop the rain by complaining

I think Dean will miss out and Johns goes to 5/8 if Munster moves to fullback. But at the same time, Munster will probably want to take on the NSW halves at 5/8 less than a month before origin.

Bellamy playing mind games with Panthers over shock Munster move to fullback

Test of depth for storm for a few weeks but always backing bellyache to do the job.

Funny what having a premiership winning halfback does to a team in rebuild. Great start for broncos and cows this year.

Parra have got one last hurdle to get past this season to be premiership contenders – make a prelim final. They haven’t played in one since 09 and have been knocked out in week two of their past four finals campaigns.

NRL Round 9 talking points: More blowouts, but fun ones

Been impressed with the warriors this year. Excited to see how SJ and Walsh continue as the season goes on.

Game v sharks was an indication on how Storm would go without Bromwich bros from 2023 onwards. Seems like things will go well

NRL Round 6 talking points: Gaps are appearing - so who's a write-off and who's repairable?

Hahaha this is quality. Some recent names that come into my mind is SOK, Phil Jacques and Trent Copeland.

Best of the east: A NSW XI who played 16 Tests or fewer

Bromwich, Munster and Grant will return so that’s a big plus for Storm. If they just stop making unforced errors and be patient in attack, Storm will run through the Rabbitohs on Thursday night. Won’t surprise me if Cody and Latrell lose their cool at some stage as well

Don’t freak out, it’s only one game: NRL Round 1 talking points

As a stats nuffie myself, loved this article. Clearly a lot of research done on this. I think the key battle will be between both sides no.5 – Head and Fawad Alam. Both have played less than 25 Tests, but have done a good job for their nation in the middle order. But Alam is in his late 30s with plenty of FC experience. Both teams will find themselves losing a few early wickets – a matter of who steps up amongst these two to revive the innings in all Tests imo

De-mystifying the mysteries of Pakistan

Iyer and Pandya are two different all rounders. Pandya is more about power and brute force while Iyer’s a timer of the ball. Different types of bowlers as well. Both should play together in T20 WC

From chartered accountant to all-rounder: Venkatesh Iyer could be India’s X factor in the T20 World Cup

Same guy in 2016 said he wanted more player power within Australian cricket. Pick a side and stick to it Hayden instead of picking and choosing when it’s convenient for you

Aussie stars should have pay docked after Pakistan tour snub that 'fails the pub test'

Was in bay 11 which was close to where smudge was. Everyone went silent the minute he fell down. But we were quick to realise that it wasn’t anything bad enough where he was unconscious since he was moving around soon after the fall. Brilliant game of cricket and a great atmosphere. Hope smudge gets well soon

Concussed Steve Smith out of Sri Lanka series but he says he's OK

He was a brilliant commentator during the BBL. Pucovski is a cricket tragic and can still contribute in the media. Time for CA to take the call for him

Cricket Australia must act now to save Will Pucovski from himself

Prasidh Krishna giving the Indian bowling attack some X factor. Bowls good pace and uses his height to get good bounce. Was part of the McGrath pace academy and he can be something special for India in ODI cricket

'Hypocritical' and a 'disgrace': Langer's mates can't let it go as they maintain Cummins rage

I was at SCG yesterday and my seats were close to where Fox set up their pre play set. All I could hear from Warnie and Waugh before they went on air was talk about JL instead of focusing on the game. Meanwhile, Russel Arnold was interacting with the crowd, taking photos and was talking about the contest.

'Hypocritical' and a 'disgrace': Langer's mates can't let it go as they maintain Cummins rage

Agree re Shipperd. Probably the finest cricket brain in all of Australia. Good relationship with former and current players and has evolved his style of coaching to the modern times. But I’m going left field with Matthew Mott as the next mens head coach. If Australia wins the womens wc, Mott will have nothing else left to achieve in womens cricket. Good relationship with the NSW boys as he was a former NSW coach and gets his teams to enjoy their cricket while playing at high intensity.

'Primal screaming': The ex-player mafia avenges Justin Langer

For me, there’s one guy who can cause proper damage to Australia and that’s Fawad Alam. Five hundreds in 15 Tests with most if not all when Pakistan were under pressure. Averages in the 50s in FC cricket. Has played against Australia in ODI cricket but his Chanderpaul esque stance will definitely frustrate the Aussies. Babar is a good player but struggling to convert his starts since he became captain.

'Where's he going to bat?': Former Aussie captain questions selection as squad announced for Pakistan tour

My only problem with this squad is Mitch Marsh. Why does he continue being selected for Tests? Let him flourish in white ball cricket and keep him away from Tests. Wildermuth would’ve been a better option. But still a strong squad nonetheless

'Where's he going to bat?': Former Aussie captain questions selection as squad announced for Pakistan tour