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Arnab Bhattacharya

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Great read enjoyed it. The shopno of seeing the Iqbal brothers opening in a test together may have never happened but we could possibly see their sons play together which would be a dream come true for Bangladesh fans. Important that if it does happen media should not lose their mind over it and treat it normally

The top families in Bangladesh cricket

The washout vs New Zealand cost them more IMO. After being bowled out for 150 odd in the warm-up, Kiwi bowlers were the only team who tested India’s top four. Loss of Shikhar Dhawan after this game cost them massively as KL Rahul had minimal experience as an opener in ODI cricket then. Not knowing who their number four was even worse. After Vijay Shankar was injured India brought in the uncapped Mayank Agarwal over the in-form Shreyas Iyer who had done well in ODI cricket in limited opportunities till then. Playing three keepers over a specialist batsman in Kedar Jadhav for the semi was a massive gamble and shock.

2019 Cricket World Cup rewind: India vs Australia

Yeah Coulter Nile was class with the bat. Could also be argued that when Stoinis was injured, he could’ve played the all-rounders role instead of Maxwell being tasked with bowling 10 overs as the fifth bowler

2019 Cricket World Cup rewind: Australia vs West Indies

I also remember the poor umpiring quite a few decisions overturned. The ball before Gayle was dismissed was a no ball. Third umpires tracking no balls have been trialled in a few series and it’s been great so far. Put’s the pressure off on-field umps, allows correct decisions to be made. Needs to be implemented full-time so we don’t see this again come T20 WC

2019 Cricket World Cup rewind: Australia vs West Indies

Sorry about that for some reason it didn’t turn up as an incorrect spelling or anything. To be honest, I didn’t do much research bar rewatching a few match highlights. The 2014 season is ingrained in my memory. 2012 was special in winning the final on Chennai’s fortress but 2014 was on another level.

Six years on: The greatest comeback in the history of IPL

Loved it a great read. What Arun Lal is doing with the current Bengal team is extraordinary. Not long before that Ranji Trophy comes back to Bengal. Abhimanyu Easwaran and Ishan Porel are two players who I believe can have successful careers for India. Might sound salty but the pitch for the Ranji Final was a disgrace this season. The ball wasn’t bouncing much from day one to counter the Bengal quicks and it became a docile draw.

Bengal's all-time Test XI

Thanks mate appreciate it

Six years on: The greatest comeback in the history of IPL

As Matth says it’s very difficult to find. I had to use Cricinfo to use my stats. Ended up having around 30-35 tabs open to look around stats for this XI

My Sheffield Shield team of the decade

Rellum I did think about Hopes but tough to fit a squad of 15 into a playing XI

My Sheffield Shield team of the decade

Thanks mate. In all honesty, I’ve tried to keep my bias aside (both with NSW and Bengal since i support them in their tournaments) and just pick a solid XI. Not all of my inclusions will please everyone but that’s cricket everyone’s entitled to their own opinion

An uncapped Australia versus India Test match

I genuinely think Shield cricket may need to expand to include the territories. Gives more players exposure and surely there’s some talent in ACT and NT. Indian youngsters are playing FC cricket from age of 17 or so and are given security even if things don’t go ritht at first. In Shield cricket it’s been chop and change lately

An uncapped Australia versus India Test match

Jackson plays his FC cricket at the same team as Pujara. Unlucky not to play test cricket.

As for Australia uncapped players, hard to pinpoiny a proper top six of seasoned veterans. Hopefully Street and Solway have consistent seasons in the future

An uncapped Australia versus India Test match

Gannon has played T20 games for the US but he’s still eligible to play test cricket for Australia. Pretty sure he was in the Aus A v England Lions game in February

An uncapped Australia versus India Test match

Both have strong pace attacks. Tough to say really but I’d say India just. And I’m saying this because of the experience in that top six. Either they’ve played plenty of games for India A or they’re already established players at the Ranji Trophy. Compare that to the uncapped Australian top six. Plenty of talent but haven’t had enough experience at Shield level bar Hughes and possibly Pucovski imo. Also, India has the spinner who can tie and end up or spin them to victory. Can Swepson do that? Not sure yet

An uncapped Australia versus India Test match

Yes I’m writing one for new zealand right now. Hopefully will be done by tonight.

What if England had to field a team in all three formats at the same time?

A lot of those T20I games for Denly have come where he’s batting at 6 or 7 as a finisher when he clearly isn’t that. When he bats between 1-4, he plays more fluently and bats a lot better. Livingstone has only played 2 t20i games which is surprising really. With the test side – Sam Northeast, Hassan Azad and Chris Dent are some options that could come in.

What if England had to field a team in all three formats at the same time?

The lack of investment in FC cricket in Bangladesh is worrying. Very happy that the players stood up for themselves and protested last year. Hopefully BCB actually invests in domestic cricket properly

What if Bangladesh had to field a team in all three formats at the same time?

Craig since Shakib is still banned I didn’t choose him and would’ve had him as captain of the test side

What if Bangladesh had to field a team in all three formats at the same time?

Lack of options in the test bowling attack but hardly anyone left really. Jayed will have a good career. Ebadot shows willingness to learn. Khaled needs to be backed. It’s how it is for us unfortunately. Don’t see Bangladesh producing great fast bowlers for tests unless we have a pace bowling academy to improve the pacers similar to how India has the NCA

What if Bangladesh had to field a team in all three formats at the same time?

Both India and Pakistan have quality batsmen. I feel regarding India, the non-contracted BCCI players are stifled by not having the freedom of playing T20 leagues outside of India. It would benefit them in playing in different conditions and enhance their game. Suresh Raina raised this point a few days ago which was very logical.

What if Pakistan had to field a team in all three formats at the same time?

I chose Malik over Akhtar due to his experience of captaining franchises across the world. However, if Akhtar was given the captaincy, Malik would be a massive helping hand for him.

What if Pakistan had to field a team in all three formats at the same time?

Great to see another Bengali on this forum, and someone who’s gone to matches in Bangladesh long before test status. Really enjoyed this article

My memories of cricket in the Dacca Stadium: Part 1

One thing Pakistan has a pretty big advantage over India is their depth across all formats in terms of fast bowling. India’s one day and t20 depth in terms of fast bowlers has got some work to do but getting better. Apart from that Indian domestic players have their own state t20 leagues which are televised alongside their domestic t20 league and IPL. Ranji trophy which is the first class tournament is still priorotised and BCCI has organised many India A tours to see how some of the domestic stars bode for the future

What if Pakistan had to field a team in all three formats at the same time?

Ashwin at home is brilliant however him outside the SC hasn’t convinced me.

Shaw – he’s got eight fifties but he’s also very inconsistent. Even in t20 cricket as a top order bat you need consistency.

Pandya – I’m playing him as a finisher however you are right that he could go up the order. Sundar could play at 7 and 4-7 could bat a spot above. Depends on match situations really.

What if India had to field a team in all three formats at the same time?

Yeah sure mate. So Shaw plays his FC cricket for Mumbai alongside Rahane and Rohit. Mumbai pitches are absolute roads with nothing for bowlers which is why Mumbai struggle to produce any decent bowlers as well. He’s got some big technical flaws for a guy who has been heavily hyped. Gill plays for Punjab where the pitches are very similar to the Adelaide Oval – something for the bowlers but if you’re good enough, you’ll score runs. Gill has amassed so many runs for Punjab and for India A. In India A’s tour of NZ he scored a century and a double ton in two FC games yet was discarded in the test series. He’s more compact and technically solid than Shaw. Shaw doesn’t have great t20 numbers to be considered in the T20 side.

Now Ashwin. Jadeja outshines him outside the SC which is why i went with Jadeja. I don’t see Ashwin ever playing white ball cricket for India again which is why i chose Shreyas Gopal ahead of him.

Dhoni – I don’t see him playing for India again i feel as if he’s unofficially retired. For some reason he doesn’t bat in T20I like he does in IPL. He seems to almost bat for his average while Karthik was brilliant for India with the bat since he came into the T20 side in 2017. Proper finisher and can play the anchoring role if needed.

Krunal Pandya – Kohli hasn’t used him properly like Rohit Sharma has for Mumbai Indians. He’s not a 5th choice bowler. He’s a batsman who’s my 6th choice bowler. For India he hardly gets batting opportunities since he bats in the lower order. Most balls he’s faced is 18. He’s still in India’s t20 WC plans and IPL would’ve determined whether it would be him or Jadeja on the plane to India

What if India had to field a team in all three formats at the same time?