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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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R.I.P. American tennis

When Rafael Nadal steps on to the red clay to try and claim his 12th French Open title next week, it will be a day that the world of tennis will remember for a long time. And it will have nothing to do with the Spaniard’s latest assault on Grand Slam history.

Interestingly, on the insistence of Patrick Mcenroe, that’s exactly what the USTA has done. He insisted that the best training for quality tennis is on clay as it’s the most difficult surface to play on, hence a number of clay courts must be built.

R.I.P. American tennis

Tiafoe just got seeded as Raonic pulled out!

R.I.P. American tennis

Thanks Tsuru for the kind words and your valuable insight. While I was researching for this piece, I heard the same, about the attitude and lack of application. And yes the NCAA system has actually been throwing up better foreign players than American I am told in the recent past.

R.I.P. American tennis

Without Federer in the way, Nadal would have won 30 GS to be fair ! But Roddick certainly could have won a few more. I have the same issue with Madison Keys as with the Nextgen men players – inconsistency. Hopefully they can all sort that out.

R.I.P. American tennis

Thanks so much. Appreciate it.

R.I.P. American tennis

Thanks so much. I think the era of the Big 3 has been the best era for men’s tennis by miles. I love the look of Tsitsipas and Sascha Zverev.

R.I.P. American tennis

After the Williams go, it will all fall apart. People like Keys have the same problem as the Nextgen men – inconsistency and perhaps a lack of hunger.

Kyrgios is supremely talented but just without the will to win consistently. McEnroe was worse than him but had the will to win. That’s the huge difference. When will Kyrgios grow up? When he is 30? What a waste of mind numbing talent!

R.I.P. American tennis

Very true Deucer. It’s an interesting question whether the TV rights will fall off after the Big 3 retire and hence cause a financial meltdown of tennis. It’s worth looking at and hopefully the ATP is doing that.

R.I.P. American tennis

Thanks Shobhit. It’s not only the money but also putting a sustainable system in place which breeds success. Success is then self fulfilling. But all this takes years to
Play out.

R.I.P. American tennis

Love the handle! McEnroe would love it!

Ok – to your question: This article is about men’s tennis and the title should probably have clarified that. It’s interesting you ask about the women. I believe that the success that the Williams sisters had, and indeed their skin colour to a degree, has saved the women’s game. They have been the heroes youngsters have been able to look up to and emulate, something the men’s game has missed. More African American women have seen how the sport can change lives from the experience of the Williams and been inspired to take up the game. Also, interestingly, the NCAA is still producing good players, except that in the case of men it’s the foreign students. Kevin Anderson of South Africa is a case in point.

R.I.P. American tennis

Thank you ????

R.I.P. American tennis

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