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Arnab Bhattacharya

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England were trailing by 221 runs and made an extraordinary comeback albeit against a weaker bowling attack. KP was terribly out of form and that innings got his international career back on track. I’m a Surrey fan in county cricket, so I was very happy to see likes of Burns, Foakes, S Curran and Pope make their test debut. Foakes did get recalled for the tour of SL which is cancelled for obvious reasons. I believe that this quartet from Surrey will be key to England’s hopes in the Ashes when they come Down Under.

My top five Test knocks by English batsmen in the past decade

Oh absolutely batting for over 100 overs with B Mac and Williamson to save/win a test requires a lot of mental strength. Played a quality knock v England at Tauranga last year where he bailed NZ out of trouble with the lower middle order

My top five Test knocks by New Zealand batsmen in the past decade

Misbah is criminally underrated in tests. We talk about Hogg and how he still played franchise cricket till 46 or so. Misbah captained a test side till he was 42 or 43 and averaged 46 batting at 5. As for that test v SL i think it was Jan 2014 where they did it courtesy of an Azhar Ali ton

My top five Test knocks by Pakistani batsmen from the past decade

Haha most of the test was cut by rain yet Pakistan still found a way to lose it

My top five Test knocks by Pakistani batsmen from the past decade

It’s just so hard to have a top five that you gotta cut out a few quality innings. I really did think about Azam and heck even Yasir Shah’s hundreds but difficult to fit 7 or 8 quality knocks into 5.

My top five Test knocks by Pakistani batsmen from the past decade

Quality player but I never got to see him play so couldn’t put him in my top 5

Top five Test knocks by West Indian batsmen

Don’t get me wrong it was a quality innings to watch. However, the knocks above were all under huge pressure. Holder walked in with West Indies having a lead of 332, thus so far ahead of the game. But it was a great knock nonetheless

Top five Test knocks by West Indian batsmen

Exactly. We all have our own opinions and I can’t disagree with you here. Those players were world class cricketers. Just wondering – what type of a player was Roy Fredericks? Was he a flamboyant, aggressive player or a timid, gritty type

Top five Test knocks by West Indian batsmen

Will be doing an ODI top 5 knocks once I’m done wih the tests version. Under Holder they’re slowly getting back to the glory days and for the sake of test cricket, may their revival continue

Top five Test knocks by West Indian batsmen

I think i heard in an interview Lara named his daughter Sydney after that knock. Quality player from all the clips on youtube I’ve seen of him. Met him at Dhaka aiport 7 years ago. Humbe bloke

Top five Test knocks by West Indian batsmen

Yeah Flower was a class player but I never saw him play so i couldn’t put any of his knocks in my top 5

My top five Test knocks by Zimbabwean batsman

Haven’t seen a good innings off him whenever I saw him bat for Bangladesh. Seen highlights of his 100 v Australia but most of his innings was generally lazy footwork.

My top five Test knocks by Bangladeshi batsman

We’ve got world class coaching staff at the moment. Domingo is our head coach who had coached SA between 2012-2017. Neil McKenzie as batting coach. Ottis Gibson as bowling coach and Vettori as spinners mentor. Results won’t change straightaway but the process is heading towards the right direction. I just hope our youngsters take in as much information as they can with these lot

My top five Test knocks by Bangladeshi batsman

Top 5 I’ve seen. I wasn’t even born when Bangladesh made their test debut. I was 8 when I watched my first Bangladesh test match v India in 2010.

My top five Test knocks by Bangladeshi batsman

Stupid of indian selectors to choose Ishant then if he’s only gonna be available for one test. Siraj has a brilliant fc record bowling on dead wickets and would do well in NZ. Regarding Ashwin, disagree. His fitness on away tours has been poor + Jadeja adds more with the bat

India hungry for points against resurgent New Zealand

Yeah that was dissapointing. The celebrations at the end was poor from our side. But I liked the aggressive body language we showed and never took it that far bar Sakib’s poor throw. I don’t understand Hindi fluently but i know enough swear words to know that Bishnoi was swearing at our batsmen every time his googly beat the bat. Priyan Garg playing the innocent card shows they didn’t have much respect for us while Akbar applogised during the press conference

Experiencing the U19 World Cup final through the lens of a Bangladesh fan

Not having a pink ball warm up game was poor prep IMO. That way the batsmen would’ve adjusted to the bounce a lot better

Starc runs riot against rattled New Zealand

Nichols has a ton vs South Africa on a green top in Wellington. He scored a quality hundred in the UAE which led to a series win. Can’t be that harsh on him after one innings Ronan he was strangled down the leg side. I think he’s done pretty well against quality attacks in NZ and away so far

Starc runs riot against rattled New Zealand

100%. Don’t get me started on the Afghanistan test. Why we didn’t prepare a green top is still baffling to me. But the way Bangladesh have been handled in test cricket is poor. At the beginning they played too much test cricket and would get thrashed all the time. Now we play hardly anything. 6 tests a year will not help Bangladesh cricket improve in tests. Now’s the time to be giving us more exposure not less. There is talent in this country but they cant be expected to make strides in tests if there are hardly any opportunities

India vs Bangladesh first Test preview

Shadman Islam is a very good opening bat. Can blunt the new ball and cash in later. Saif Hassan was captain of 2018 u19 side and he’s scored a lot of runs in domestic level. Hopefully he can start well in international cricket. Another bat who’s not in the squad is Yasir Ali. Big lad whos got all the shots and solid defence. Has got technique to score runs in any conditions. I’m not saying we’re on say Pakistans level but we do have a few decent test players even in the absence of Shakib and Tamim. Golden opportunity to step up against India and make a case for themselves in future series

India vs Bangladesh first Test preview

It’s a classic case of English media showing disrespect to the opposition before a big game. Last year English media did that to Croatia at the FIFA World Cup. Croatia dominated the semi final and won. They did the same to the Boks and received the same treatment. Not to mention that the Poms have choked in big games. Got lucky with a T20 rule at Lord’s but didn’t get away last night.

Congrats to the Boks a great achievement to have won 3 tournaments in 7 attempts. World Cups are all about peaking at the right time and that’s exactly what happened. Don’t wanna get too political but there was a time when a black South African leading the Boks was considered farcial. Mandela changed that and that was shown last night. The Boks have an inspirational leader in Siya Kolisi and hopefully he continues to build on the legacy these boys have created. On behalf of every Aussie, thanks for not letting the Poms win

Seven talking points from the Rugby World Cup Final

Not to mention how bloody good he was for Guyana in the CPL. Before he had and arm ball and the stock off spin delivery. Now he’s got a very solid doosra which even KP fell prey to

What we learnt from Australia's drubbing of Sri Lanka

Clearly he doesn’t understand what a spin bowling all rounder is. Green will get a gig soon whether he likes it or not

What we learnt from Australia's drubbing of Sri Lanka

Wouldn’t hurt to give Green a few games still. Let’s just say Agar is injured halfway through the World Cup. Who do we call up then if Green is uncapped at that stage. That being said I wouldn’t mind at all if Agar were to get the nod he’s done his job well so far. As for number one spinner I disagree Zampa has been brilliant for Australia in t20 cricket. In this day and age to have an economy of less than 6 shows his class not to mention a better average and strike rate than Agar.

What we learnt from Australia's drubbing of Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka have quite a few decent speedsters but it’s how they use them that’ll be crucial. Kumara looked good at times but too many bad balls per over last night. They have another quick in Shehan Madhushanka who can click close to 150 but his injuries are holding him back

What we learnt from Australia's drubbing of Sri Lanka