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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. Host of the wannabe cricket expert podcast



Rookie error should’ve triple checked before submitting

NSW plays the rest of Australia in a one-day clash: Who wins?

I’ve been hearing a lot about Sears. With the Wellington coach in charge, I’d expect Sears to make his debut tomorrow. Bit surprised Rippon isn’t in the squad but still an exciting squad for the Blackcaps nonetheless. Ravindra and McConchie like you mentioned are two players who would want to make a name for themselves this series.

The key players in the upcoming Bangladesh-New Zealand T20 series

The last time i saw pujara bat with this much intent in a red ball game was in the 2019 ranji trophy semi. First hour tomorrow will be interesting.

Pujara gives India steel in fightback

Yeah he did leave his wife and kids for another woman. If you have Netflix, watch Azhar. Very good biopic on Azharuddin. Laxmans 281 will be talked for years and generations to come. One of the best innings against a Steve Waugh led XI

'Warning signs for Australia': Hyderabad cricketers who loved facing the baggy green

Miyaan is a term mostly used to address Muslim people. I’ve used it a few times when addressing Muslim friends of mine as I see them as an elder brother type. However, it can also be used in other contexts and situations.

I think Siraj will play a lot of ODI cricket in the future. He was in India’s ODI squad in their last series vs England and he’s a fine one day bowler as well. T20s will depend as I believe Deepak Chahar will pip him as he can bat as well. But outside of bowling at Chinnaswamy, Siraj has a respectable T20 record. And I’m happy to see he’s thriving in every level he’s bowling in. Scarier considering that he had only been playing under 23 cricket in 2015. In the future, I can see more quicks coming from Hyderabad and playing for India. And most if not all will be inspired by Siraj.

Miyaan-magic Siraj always had it in him to succeed in international cricket

I could not stop laughing while reading this, especially with the dig at the NSW gov. I was around six or seven when I first saw you bowl for Delhi in IPL 2008. Hope to read more of your articles in the future

BRETT GEEVES: 'The day I truly believed Justin Langer was going to kill me'

Australia needs Shipperd even as a consultant to give langer some breathing space. Players will learn so much off him and we may see Langer not being grumpy every two seconds

'Leave him alone and listen to him': Old mate Hayden backs JL, slams 'disrespectful' treatment

India’s batting coach Vikram rathour deserves some plaudits as well. He played in the inaugural Border Gavaskar trophy one off Test back in 96. His work with the tailenders have been crucial for India’s victory at the Gabba and Lord’s this year. Can arguably say he’s trumped Sanjay Bangar already

Raptures over Root but his knock was overshadowed: England vs India second Test takes

That loss to Pakistan in Multan held Bangladesh Test cricket back by five years. Players were in tears after that loss and in complete shock at how Inzi won it for the Pakistanis

What was the best one-wicket win in Test cricket history?

Definitively, they couldn’t “win”. As Basil said in an article on cricinfo, I wonder if SA gov would’ve treated the situation differently had he been in the squad from the outright

53 years on: Remembering the D’Oliveira affair

Having done modern history for my HSC and studying about apartheid, I felt this event does not get the recognition it deserves in the syllabus. I enjoyed researching on this topic and writing about it. I think a lot more people from my generation could do with reading up on the D’Oliveira affair.

53 years on: Remembering the D’Oliveira affair

I’m gonna add a point which may be a tad unpopular. Brad Arthur was never gonna win a premiership with parra nor be genuine contenders. He has overachieved with a bang average roster who freeze come finals time after finishing in top 4/facing a top 4 side

Chook lotto, effort to spare and more NRL Round 22 talking points

Quick name I forgot to mention who got capped was Bancroft. 2012 was the first u19 World Cup I followed and it was a great tournament. Unfortunately only Babar and De Kock have gone on to have stellar careers while the rest who have played international cricket have been inconsistent.

The uncapped cricketers from Australia’s 2012 ICC under-19 World Cup squad

Watch ashwins yt videos with the other coaches after the Australian tour. You’ll realise what an impact he has on his players

Ravi Shastri: India's man for all seasons

I do think Goud does have it in him to handle the big egos. The Karnataka side has a few players who don’t necessarily have attitude problems but there’s a bit of brashness about them (KL, Manish Pandey, Devdutt Paddikal to name a few). Under Goud they compete fiercely in all formats and have only had two horror campaigns in all formats becasue so many of their first name players were on tour of Australia in 2018 and last year/injuries. They’ve made the Ranji trophy top four in both his campaigns as coach and won three white ball titles. Dravid won’t work well with Kohli so as much as a lot of people want it to happen I personally don’t see it coming

Ravi Shastri: India's man for all seasons

Many want Dravid. It may go down that route or someone else. I personally would want Yere Goud who’s done a fantastic job as Karnataka coach since 2018. They’ve been immense in white ball cricket. A former state teammate of Dravid as well

Ravi Shastri: India's man for all seasons

My point in regards to this – Allen averages less than 20 in FC cricket and less than 30 in List A cricket. To me, that shows Allen relies only on a slogging mentality and will struggle on pitches where it isn’t batting friendly. He bats in one gear only from what I’ve seen of him in super smash and his 3 T20I games

Colin Munro axing a dangerous precedent from Kiwi selectors

I think Allen is being hyped a bit too early. Don’t get me wrong he is a serious striker of the ball. But I’d like him to do this for two seasons in a row + score some runs in FC cricket to prove that he can also bat in different gears. I remember when Bond got ostracized for choosing the ICL. And now he’s bowling coach of the Mumbai Indians where Trent Boult has improved a lot as a white ball bowler, especially for T20 cricket.

Colin Munro axing a dangerous precedent from Kiwi selectors

Munro gave up playing FC cricket a few years ago since the selectors kept on opting for Guptill despite Munro continuously scoring runs for fun for Auckland. In his final season as a Blackcap (2019-20), Munro scored 288 runs in ten matches. The following season he isn’t contracted by NZC. Yes they’re building depth but there is no way a seasoned and proven T20 cricketer at franchise and international level is missing out on a T20 WC over Glenn Phillips and Mark Chapman. NZC allowed their players who were playing in IPL 2021 to miss the T20 series vs Bangladesh in March. They will be doing the same in the NZ tours of Bangladesh and Pakistan which are both fine by me. But they’ve marginalised a bloke who isn’t contracted to them for choosing an income and playing in franchise leagues where he is scoring runs for fun and keeping himself in contention of a recall.

Colin Munro axing a dangerous precedent from Kiwi selectors

I look at the English top seven and go – who is gonna bat for long periods in this side. If you look at the 2010-11 winning team that top six was at their peak then and battered our bowlers. As much as Root is their key wicket he still doesn’t have a century on Australian soil after two tours. How they play in the tour games leading upto the Ashes will be interesting imo

England can win the Ashes. Maybe

Yet he has 6 T20 titles to his name and a successful IPL gig at an underperforming franchise

Greg Shipperd should become Australia’s T20 coach

2007 1st Test at Lords without a doubt. Umpire didn’t give the last wicket LBW despite it being plumb and then rain ensured a draw. Then India went on to win the series 1-0.

India's complicated relationship with rain

Punter is doing a great job at Delhi as he tries to make them become the new Mumbai Indians – a franchise who are very dominant thanks to his building blocks between 2013-2016. I read somewhere that a lot of his coaching traits came off Shipperd so that itself says a lot on Shipperd’s influence. Only time will tell if CA does the right thing

Greg Shipperd should become Australia’s T20 coach

Carey got out trying to play against the offie. Caught at mid on

Phillipe – bowled round his legs by a Mustafizur off cutter.

Henriques – attempted slog sweep missed and bowled.

Mitch Marsh – attempted hoick over long on but instead nicks behind to the keeper

Wade – missed a ramp and his leg stump taken out

Agar – off cutter with extra bounce surprises him. Gloves it to the keeper

Turner – tried to go over extra cover but mistimes it to short cover

Australia humbled again by Bangladesh

I’m guessing fox went very hard on securing hundred/Windies vs park/England home series that they hardly had funds to get bd vs Aus. Shocking to say the least.

Fans and Finch fume at cricket broadcast farce