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Fanatical football fan and cricket tragic. Favorite teams are Barcelona FC and the Indian cricket team (yes I'm an Indian born Australian resident). Favorite players are Lionel Messi, David Warner (love his cricket) and Jasprit Bumrah.

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I cringe every time i see corporate buzz like workplace, high performance and culture being used in professional sports. Sports organisations should stop being run like corporates in this country. Perhaps time for more ex players to get involved in administration?

Alen Stajcic: Victim of the modern workplace, or creator of a flawed culture?

Apart from kerala, goa and Bengal, there’s the entire north eastern region that is football crazy. The best part is each region plays football in a specific style. Goa being a former Portuguese colony is heavily influenced by the Portuguese/ spanish short passing game. The tall punjabi players are very direct and physical. The Bengalis are crazy about Brazilian abd argentinian football. If only the football body got their act together….

The agony and ecstasy of being an Indian football fan

I’ve always believed he tries to hit too hard and loses shape. He’s actually a sweet timer of the ball. His best and quickest innings are where he timed the ball and did not try to hit it out of the ground (will still hit it to the top tiers!)

India's ODI batting is monstrous

From the same cricinfo source. Dhawan in Asia: 40 innings, 1767 runs @ 47.57 and SR of 95.35.
Dhawan in Aus, Eng, SA, NZ: 42 innings, 2002 runs at 51 avg and SR of 95.60.
Sure looks like he prefers to play the top guns in their own den.
He spends a lot of time in his house in Melbourne. Maybe we should get him to change his citizenship…

India's ODI batting is monstrous

In India’s tour of Australia in 2015-16, Dhawan scored 287 runs in 5 matches with an average of 57 including one century and two fifties (source cricinfo).

India's ODI batting is monstrous

The batting is top heavy. Apart from Rayadu who is a sweet striker of the ball and can also accumulate, the middle order is suspect. They are missing a player like Yuvraj, and are weakened by Hardik Pandyas suspension for politically correct reasons (Yes the indians also succumb to bouts of PC crap). as mentioned, MS Dhoni is no longer the player that he was, struggles to rotate the strike, swings wildly and connects once in a while. This is very unfair on young Rishab Pant who could have been a terrifying finisher.

India's ODI batting is monstrous

The brilliant de silva. Yeah they were scary.

India's ODI batting is monstrous

Hilariously funny but also spot on. The sooner we start working on the ball through legal/common sense methods the better. Otherwise a combination of flat drop in wickets, T20 batting, and repeated follow ons will destroy test cricket in this country.

Reverse swing: Australia must restore reputation using dark arts

I’ll definitely take daddy hundreds every 5 innings to a string of 30s…

Will Pucovski must be a two-year commitment, not a two-Test thought bubble

Poor guy collapsed under pressure! may be one of the Railway Canteen bowlers lol

Battler bowler loses match with six wides in a row

Right. I may have been referring to his ODI start. He’s from my city (Bangalore) so I distinctly remember hoping he does well and he failed. We were then worried that he’ll be dropped.

Will Pucovski must be a two-year commitment, not a two-Test thought bubble

Yep i was really pained and i could see that kerry was really hurt by the responses (even though he tried to laugh it off with jokes). I tried to find him on Twitter, and then found Roar! Now hooked on to Roar. what a great site. So refreshing compared to the traditional news organisations.

A response to Kerry O'Keefe from an Indian fan

Spot on Brett. I hope he is atleast given five test matches to show his potential. Cannot drop him from the 11 after one or two failures. The ozs will do well to watch how the indians blood the young talent (they have debuted Prithvi Shaw, Will’s counterpart at the junior level). Those with potential get an extended run in the 11, typically a full series. I remember Rahul David was a nervous wreck in his first few games and made a string of single figure scores. He was persisted with and grew into the wall. Nothing wrong with bringing in exceptional talent early (Sachin, Prithvi etc) but I hope Australia show patience with Will.

Will Pucovski must be a two-year commitment, not a two-Test thought bubble

Yes one of his flatter jokes. He can’t help himself sometimes. It was harmless anyway, i don’t see what was demeaning. He did not kill anyone. He was not malicious. We have lost our ability to laugh at ourselves these days and the R word is used all too easily.

A response to Kerry O'Keefe from an Indian fan

I actually thought Marnus showed talent with the bat. He was compact and composed and was unfortunate to get caught flicking. His bowling was rubbish though.

Australia vs India: Five New Year's Test takeaways

There was a debate going on between ponting and chopra on channel seven about the legality of using lollies. Nobody accused the indians of using lollies I’m just making a point that even if they did use sugary saliva how can anyone prove it? My view is such working of the ball is legal and smart teams would be using these tactics. Only the real dumb ones would user hard objects like sand paper or finger nails to tamper the ball.

Sorry folks, sandpaper-gate ain’t over just yet

they use everything except sandpaper! using sandpaper was extremely foolish and so blatant. as mentioned in this article, all teams make use of grey areas – sugary saliva, sweat laced with sun screen etc. very very hard to prove.

Sorry folks, sandpaper-gate ain’t over just yet

Nice article Ryan. It does appear Australia are scared of working on the ball any more. India got the ball to reverse swing consistently and there were hints that they were using sugary saliva. I’m sure all team would use the grey areas of the law to their benefit; how can you stop someone from eating a lolly and then using saliva to work the ball? In my view such working of the ball is legal, as long foreighn objects are not used to physically alter the ball. Reverse swing is exciting to watch and desirable in the sport, and I hope Australia start getting back confidence to legally work on the ball using common sense methods that are widely used by all the teams.

Sorry folks, sandpaper-gate ain’t over just yet

I agree. Both Ashwin and Jadeja are dust track bullies. Don’t mistake me, they are good spinners just not genuine wicket takers on non turning wickets. Their modus operandi abroad is to try to stifle the runs and hope the batsman makes a mistake. There is another leg break bowler in India called Yuzvendra Chahal who is bloody good and the second best spinner in India after Kuldeep. They have bowled together in the ODIs and i hope someday India play then both together in tests. As Warnie says one of the best things in cricket is to watch wrist spinners in action!

Just how successful were the last 12 months for India?

Excellent and well researched article. May i also add that Kuldip Yadav as a wrist spinning option makes the attack even more potent and balanced. Won’t be surprised if he relegates Ashwin to #2 spinner. Three top quality pacers, a lovely wrist spinner with a bag full of tricks and old school loop, jadeja as a genuine all rounder..

Just how successful were the last 12 months for India?

He almost destroyed Indian cricket when he was coach, was foolish enough to pick on Sachin tendulkar and was promptly kicked out by the Indian board.

Australia vs India: Where did it all go wrong?

Spruce moose, where did you get your information from? Have you seen the Indian team that just beat Australia? Guys like Bumrah, kuldip, Pant, Shami, Pujara are all from small dusty Indian towns, and none of them were born with silver spoons. In fact they rose up from next to nothing.

Are Australia's coaches really developing the players they're working with?

It’s a fine line between managing them and denying match practice. Rest them from the ODIs and T20s sure. But Australia had done ridiculous things like recalling players from the middle of a test series and resting players from Sheffield Shield.

Are Australia's bowlers overrated?

The Aussie bowlers are an extremely talented bunch and proven performers. So why are they struggling? My guess is because they have been ‘rested’ too much under this high performance crap. Bumrah attributed his fitness to having bowled large number of overs in first class cricket. Starc was rested wasn’t he?

Are Australia's bowlers overrated?

Spot on Stuart. Warner with his silence has actually come out the best of the three. Hope he maintains his silence. Time to move on and focus on the cricket.

It’s time for Warner to come out from the bus under which he was thrown