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A Sports fanatic. I play some. I watch all sports, and I enjoy them. Above all, I have an opinion on them all! I can be contacted on anindya@thecricketwriter.com Twitter @cric_writer. Do visit my website www.cricketwriter.com

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Excellent piece Avatar. A very exciting French Open coming up after what’s been an entertaining clay court season. After many years the men’s Big 3 are all in the fray with Thiem, Tsitsipas, Fognini, Del Porto all in good form. It should be better than this year’s AO as far as the men’s event is concerned. The women’s part leaves me cold. Just completely disappointed with this group of players. Halep is completely incapable of taking control even when there is little credible opposition. Osaka’s form seems to have dropped through the floor. Pliskova or Kvitova May Just spring a surprise here if they play well.

2019 French Open: Mega-preview

While I had less disagreements on the other side, this one I do have some differences of opinion with.

First, the opening pair. I don’t believe Chris Gayle deserves a place. The pair up there for me without a doubt need to be Tendulkar and Ganguly. Ganguly averaged almost 20 runs more than Gayle. By sheer numbers they are the greatest ODI opening pair in history.

Consider this:
1) Over 11 years, they scored 6609 runs in 136 innings.
2) They put on 23 half-century partnerships and 21-century partnerships, the highest by a fair distance, the next best being 16.
3) They also hold the record for most opening partnership runs in victories, 65 out of 136, averaging 67.95 exceeding even Haynes and Grrenidge.

I am a bit lost as to why Miandad is in the team. I cannot see how he can have any claim to a slot givennhis recird. Surely Dilshan or Saeed Anwar deserves it more by sheer numbers?

Once you make a couple of changes, I think you will have an awesome team to challenge the South!

My World Cup XIs with a difference – Part 2

Excellent selections Kersi! I actually wouldn’t change anyone in this team. I guess people are missing the point that this team is not necessarily meant to be playing in WC 2019. It’s just the best XI statistically speaking from performance in the past WCs. McGrath and Donald opening the attack, relentless in their accuracy and movement with speed, would tie up most top orders. Warne and Vettori to beguile them with spin. Kallol to frustrate them in the middle overs. Then you have Haydos and Gilchrist to destroy the opposition at the top followed by some truly awesome batsmen. I can’t wait for the opposition to arrive tomorrow! I do get the feeling however that once they see the opposition, the Souther Hemisphere supporters will be a little
Less cocky !

My World Cup XIs with a difference – Part 1

I think the Patriots of 12-years ago was a different outfit mentally. I doubt they would do a Randy Moss now. Much more likely to pick cheaper players and use them in innovative ways.

Touching down the New England Patriots way

The Patriots have two picks in the second round and three in the third.

Touching down the New England Patriots way

Yes I wasn’t aware of the price tag either. I am sure it’s a good move and well planned.

Touching down the New England Patriots way

Hahahaha I can’t believe I wrote Cavs ???? Thanks and glad you enjoyed it. I have to admit it’s a bit bizarre about Brown. They must have a backup plan I guess, perhaps Wynn.

Touching down the New England Patriots way

Excellent team Kersi. Don’t have a grouse with any of your picks. What a team this would be!

Australia's all-time World Cup XI

An excellent observation Kersi. As usual, the quirky doesn’t escape your sharp eyes! In these last 3 series, this certainly holds true. Is there a real correlation, I am not sure. But in the SA-SL series, the batting overall other than From Kusal, left much to be desired, particularly from SA. SL to be honest, other than the grit they showed to win the first Test didn’t bat sensationally. SA was just rubbish. In that context the century certainly made a difference.

When centuries won Test series

Great read Chris! As a Bengali from Kolkata who has lived abroad for years I find it claustrophobic and exhilarating at the same time every time I go back to watch a match in an Indian stadium. I grew up watching all my cricket at the Eden Gardens, so can relate to your experiences. Glad it all went well
With Rakhi despite the needling of the Bengali gentleman ???? Well done! Enjoy the matches this time, but maybe like @Geoff suggests for the Raiders, Finch wouldn’t want you at the Aussie matches in India either ????

How I learned to love watching Australia lose in India

“Australia have no Pujara. Australia have no momentum. Australia have no hope.”

Superb piece Ronan. He has been fantastic. Hazlewood after the game yesterday said : “To dismiss Pujara we need to be more patient than him. We haven’t succeeded in that.” I am just so happy for Test cricket when I see him bat. It defines what you can and should do when you have the time to grind the opposition down. Bradman may not have approved of his strike rate, but there is no more effective Test player today than Pujara if you leave out Kohli and Williamson (and Smith for now).

Pujara bats Australia out of fourth Test

Hahahaha

The best Test XI of 2018

Without getting into the best debate which we can leave until he retires you genuinely need to personally dislike Kohli and be blind to his cricket to label him overrated as a batsman.

The best Test XI of 2018

Good team Scott but based on 2018 there is no way Jimmy Anderson makes the team ahead of Jasprit Bumrah. The figures and the performance don’t suggest it.

The best Test XI of 2018

It’s one of my favourite Aus-Ind Test matches. Very well described of course.
Actually there were three injured bowlers. Shivlal Yadav, whose left toe was broken but Pascoe in the first innings while batting, Kapil and Doshi. Thanks for reviving the memories Kersi.

The MCG thriller of 1981

Sorry to hear that Peter. They would have had lovely stories to tell I am sure. You inherited the cricket genes? Is your last name Handscomb by any chance? ????

200 not out: The story of Clarrie Grimmett and Yasir Shah

Thank you so much Chris. I for one have no problem endorsing your last point. Bishan Bedi goes a bit further and calls him a javelin thrower but then Bishan has never been once to mince his words !

200 not out: The story of Clarrie Grimmett and Yasir Shah

Haha Chris. Sadly, that was the reality of the time. Home umpires were largely biased, Pakistan and New Zealand were particularly bad. I didn’t invent this, if you read cricket history it’s not a point there is too much dispute on between players across nations, not just from the sub continent.

200 not out: The story of Clarrie Grimmett and Yasir Shah

It’s interesting what you say about your pitches. Some of the Indian spinners have magnificent figures there particularly Prasanna in 1967-68 but I guess that might also have to do with the less than stellar quality of batsmen at the time. But what made it tough for foreign spinners for decades was of course the wonderful home umpires! There is the story about BS Chandrasekhar appealing after bowling a Kiwi batsman out. On the puzzled umpire asking him what he was appealing for since the batsman was bowled, Chandra had one of the all time classic quips: “Yes I know he is bowled, but is he out?” ????

200 not out: The story of Clarrie Grimmett and Yasir Shah

Thanks so much Elvis for pointing out that typo. Will Ask the editors to correct that. And thanks also for the bit about Grummett. Yes That’s precisely why Tiger O’Reilly refers to him as Grum in his obit.

200 not out: The story of Clarrie Grimmett and Yasir Shah

That is so cool. Do feel free to send across some family stories on Clarrie. I can be reached at thecricketwriter@gmail.com

200 not out: The story of Clarrie Grimmett and Yasir Shah

Thank you so much!

200 not out: The story of Clarrie Grimmett and Yasir Shah

Thank you. The only ones who call me Andy are Starbucks baristas by the way ????

200 not out: The story of Clarrie Grimmett and Yasir Shah

Thanks so much Paul. Glad you enjoyed it.

200 not out: The story of Clarrie Grimmett and Yasir Shah

It would indeed be interesting to see how he fares the next time. Australia for most spinners on the first tour has traditionally been tough.

200 not out: The story of Clarrie Grimmett and Yasir Shah