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Aussie of Indian origin. Cricket is Life. Played, coached, blog and now umpire in Newcastle District Cricket.

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Poor pitch!! If you are talking about 2015 series, agree. Fifth day pitch in any country looses a bit of bounce and yields more spin. In fact, best test wicket is expected to spin a bit from 3rd day onwards. Also, the second test at Pune; I am not sure if you watched any footage or not. This has been the best wicket I have seen since 70s in India, in terms of bounce and carry. Indian pace bowlers have so far taken 16/40 wickets with one fifer to Shami. In Pune, out of Protea’s 10 first innings wickets, five went to pace bowlers. Indian wickets these days are more balanced than some in Australia, SA, England in that they are either do too much or too little. Indian spinners of course are good when there is some purchase. But Indian team’s current success is more due to its pace bowling group of Ishant, Bumrah, Shami, Yadav and one who isn’t playing test cricket these days, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar; with a few waiting in the wings. Indian bowling attack these days is perhaps the most balanced of all and dangerous on every type of wicket.

Kohli's double ton piles pain on South Africa

Proteas have done really well so far in the test. After 3/39 they fought really hard to get up to 431. That’s a fair effort. I thought they missed a trick by having three spinners; should have gone with Ngidi. Also on the first day, Dad’s captaincy was a bit surprising where he didn’t have his pace bowlers have a little longer spells than 4/5. I believe in India, a bowler needs to bowl more to set a trap and shorter spells doesn’t allow that. I believe, India have chosen Vizag for its typical Indian slow turner nature. I reckon they can’t afford to play on a very spinning track as their batters are more adept at playing on faster wickets than spinning ones. If they can’t force wins in first two tests, the third one at Ranchi may spin a bit more..

A test of character for South Africa against India's elevating depth

Nice article, Ritesh. Took me down memory lane as in those days we couldn’t even get radio commentary, forget about TV coverage of the test matches from West Indies. I remember getting updates from the day’s play next day on radio and in print media. There were no TV/movie footage; or at least I haven’t seen one. What’s more remarkable in Sunny’s case was that this was his debut series. It’s a record that will perhaps last for a very long time. Sunny was very easy on the eyes; the best opening batsman ever, I have seen.

Smith and Gavaskar: A tale of two incredible series

No Stark yet? I would have liked to see Cummins, Pattinson and Stark.

Reports: Cameron Bancroft axed for third Ashes Test

I think they should have gone with Sam Curran. The kid is a fantastic cricketer; his intervention last year won them the series against India. His left arm swing would have been more difficult to handle for the Aussies. They could have done with one less batsman; with Bairstow at 6, Ali at 7, Woakes at 8 and Curran at 9 that is plenty of back up.

Jofra Archer denied Test debut as England name XI for first Ashes Test

Great summery Ronan. I reckon, a combination of Kwis having a very good bowling attack and Aussies unsure middle order, may help. However, Aussies would be hurting after last summer’s loss to India so they will be coming hard at the Kiwis in home series. Perth is a great chance for Kiwis, but can their batting stand up, is the real question. I don’t think this team has won much outside New Zealand. That lack of experience, is what may finally make a difference in favor of Aussies.

NZ can beat Australia this summer

I think the major and “perceived” reason for Pujara being left out of limited overs formats is his speed in both, running between the wickets and on field. He doesn’t even get picked in IPL draft. He did show great improvement in his running between the wickets in the test series. I think they missed solidity of Ajinkya Rehane; I would have taken him to the world cup as conditions were always going to be challenging That’s one big miss, for me, by the selectors and mainly the skipper, since he seems to hold sway..

NZ can beat Australia this summer

Robbed, may be too strong a word. All teams knew the conditions before the start of the tournament. So no one was robbed. Agree, that the count back on boundaries is not ideal. I would personally prefer number of wickets lost since that indicates which side has played better or which one has been weaker on the day.
It is nothing new that the rub of the green in any part of the world, even after neutral umpires, has by and large gone with the home team. In this case, of course, I am not counting the “error of judgement” made by the umpires in giving 6 instead of 5. The fact that different umpires judge close LBW call differently today than before has a significant role to play also. Jason Roy’s LBW was lot more close to not being an Umpire’s call than Kohli’s. But was judged differently by two umpires. That needs to change. I believe, if ICC has confidence in ball tracking technology (I still do not) then they should rule ANY ball even touching the stumps or bail, as OUT. I know there is some instrument “tolerance” in prediction of the path, but so be it, as long as it is consistent right across the cricket playing world.
Also Ronan, I am not sure about your comments about England, India or Australian teams not being able to accept such a defeat as gracefully as Kiwis have done (and kudos to them). It is unfair to judge these players based on their aggressive nature and propose they would have behaved badly on the ground. Sorry, that’s one under the belt and probably a presumption worse than saying that Kiwis would have won if umpires had given only 5 and sent Stokes to the non-striker end. Do agree, though, that its all fair in love and ranting! 🙂

New Zealand were robbed in the World Cup final

fair enough…. 🙂

How the ICC robbed Pakistan of their semi-final chance

Paul, fair trade off. 2 nd place gets two bites of the cherry

Kohli unhappy with World Cup format after India's shock semi-final loss

Jeff, 4 teams only. This was used in 2019 IPL. Finals in two stages : First two playoff games. (1) 1 plays 2 (2) 3 plays 4. Winner of the (1) goes to the final. Looser of (1) plays against the winner of (2) for a place in the finals. Means 1 & 2 placed teams on the table get another opportunity. Would make Finals lot more exiting as well.

Kohli unhappy with World Cup format after India's shock semi-final loss

I live in Australia since long and understand the passion for Ashes. But it doesn’t change the fact that a world event has to be given higher billing than a bilateral series.

How the ICC robbed Pakistan of their semi-final chance

Agree with Ronan. I watched it fully. There were quite a few half volleys or pitched-up balls that Dhoni could only pat back to one of the two close-in fielders on the off side. In his hey days, he would have placed them easily between them and rotated the strike. There were plenty of opportunities to keep the score ticking when he came in. He has lost the touch, sadly.

Kohli left to rues India's batting slump as Kiwis secure place in World Cup final

Hats off to this team and mainly to one of the best skippers this World cup!!

Kohli left to rues India's batting slump as Kiwis secure place in World Cup final

Pant is the next outstanding emerging cricketer. He was totally unflustered; I thought it was unfair to put him in at 2/5 with both Rohit and Kohli back in the hut. I thought that was the time for Dhoni, the pro to come in and take charge. But the way in which Pant and Pandya forged a partnership bodes well for the Indian ODI team. This was a big missed opportunity for Indians to win the cup. For me, though, the problem was one less seamer. India should have played Shami in place of Karthik. I think they would have stopped kiwis to ~210. But Kiwis played fantastic cricket. To come back after three straight losses, and a couple of them quite badly too, says a lot about the mental strength of this team and Williamson’s outstanding captainship. Bravo!!

Kohli left to rues India's batting slump as Kiwis secure place in World Cup final

Paul, he is referring to the outstanding cricket they have played to top the table. That’s a fair comment. He said Kiwis bowled very well and gave due credit in his post match interview on the ground. Kiwis played brilliantly, and found sufficient chinks in the Indian armour.

Kohli left to rues India's batting slump as Kiwis secure place in World Cup final

Length of a series shouldn’t dictate its importance. World cup is more prestigious and important than ANY bilateral series. PERIOD! If ICC can’t ensure that it’s a pity. Ashes could have been shifted.

How the ICC robbed Pakistan of their semi-final chance

I don’t think pitch will be affected by the rain. The Hover covers are pretty good. The air flow keeps the wicket dry. I don’t know what is the impact of the moisture content of the air but India has to accept that. The cloud cover is a different matter; but that can happen even otherwise.
The ‘major protest’ you are referring to, perhaps should be for the scheduling such an important event at a bad time in English summer. It should have been held in Aug/Sep. If English can’t provide prime time to ICC’s major event and give priority to a test series or their domestic circuit, may be they shouldn’t host a world cup.

Rain forces New Zealand vs India World Cup semi to be carried over

Thanks Mehul. Please keep visiting.

World Cup semi-finals: Points to ponder for India and New Zealand

Thanks Nishith.

World Cup semi-finals: Points to ponder for India and New Zealand

Kersi, what you are suggesting is to have all 3 all rounders in the team; though Kedar hasn’t got any bowl worth mentioning so far in the tournament. My hunch is to stay with Pant as a batsman. He has showed glimpses of what he can do. I reckon this experience will stand him in good stead as soon he will be number one wk in all formats for India. I agree that it is all about winning this tournament, but I don’t think there is much difference between the two in conditions where the top order fails. Shami, yes definitely.

India on top of World Cup 2019 table despite selection blunders

I would take Chahal in place of Kuldeep..

India on top of World Cup 2019 table despite selection blunders

Totally agree, Jeff, about shifting Ashes to next year. I reckon, though the issue is: from Aug 2019, ICC is starting the Test cricket championship. I am not sure if that scheduling may have resulted in Ashes to be slotted along with World Cup. I do believe though, it would have been interesting if Ashes was played earlier. Perhaps both England and Aussies wouldn’t have accepted as that series usually drains the players..

How the ICC robbed Pakistan of their semi-final chance

Pakistan’s big loss to Windies was the reason why they missed out. All teams knew that NRR is going to be first criteria to classify teams on same points. Next time, may be they should come a little bit prepared understanding the rules of the game rather than blame other teams for tanking!!

How the ICC robbed Pakistan of their semi-final chance

Exactly my point. Ashes could have been started in June. I am sure we Aussies would love that!!

How the ICC robbed Pakistan of their semi-final chance