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Nathan Lyon is really GOAT. Yes, i really mean it. He bowled in sub continent pitches well and took many wickets which his australian predecessors couldn’t lay claims as they didn’t play there. So, the best contemporary off spinner Lyon deserves the GOAT title. In fact he’s still some years of test cricket left in him and who knows he may surpass Muttiah Muralitharan’s world record of 800 wickets. He’s a level headed guy and keeps his cool and will achieve that 800 mark.

Is Nathan Lyon really the GOAT?

Another Eangland’s loss at the hands of the minnows, viz., Ireland . It was like Ireland chasing 300+ against the same opponents in a bigger stage, the WC 2011 at Bengaluru. On both the occasions Kevin O’Brien was there. The former captain and the present captain hit a magnificent century each and set up for a win. IRELAND is coming off age in international games, especially in ODIs is a welcome sign. Keep it up Irish cricketers.

WATCH: Ireland stun England to win third ODI

I don’t recollect. Other kind of arrogance activities of players are dime a dozen I can quote

Sourav Ganguly, the prince of Kolkata

It’s true. Virat is going great guns now. thank you for your comments

Sourav Ganguly, the prince of Kolkata

Sub continent pitches are alien to foreign bowlers, especially pace bowlers. No foreign player has great record in sub continent pitches, including Jimmy Anderson, England’s highest wicket taker in Tests and highest pace bowling wicket taker in tests. He has got a abysmal record in India, Srilanka, Pakistan. So, Lillee is not an exception.

Dennis Lillee: The complete bowler

Yes he refused to carry the drinks. But this kind of thing happen in most cricket playing
countries. arrogant players were there everywhere. We have seen many players
arrogance on the cricket field. So don’t single out only Ganguly.

Sourav Ganguly, the prince of Kolkata

I mean boy because he was playing for the first time. He’s played true to his potentials on debut and went on to become the best Indian Captain in Tests. He gave a new word to Indian cricket “Aggression ” and his intent was clear on the field. His away series win in tests was noteworthy, especially in Pakistan, England and Down under.

Sourav Ganguly, the prince of Kolkata

Yes I agree that Malcolm Marshall , one of the great exponents of Pace bowling and he’s got a great record in India in Tests. And of course Sir Richard Hadlee also did reasonably well in subcontinent pitches. But Dennis Lillee didn’t get any opportunity to tour India. During 1970s Australians didn’t travel to India except in 1979 under Kim Hughes. Lillee missed that along with other senior players. Even great players like Don Bradman, Greg Chappell didn’t travel to India in their career that didn’t mean they are not great players. I mean Lillee was a complete bowler in the sense that he bowled all types of balls, Inswingers, outswingers, yorkers, leg cutters.

Dennis Lillee: The complete bowler

And really this shows his stamina to bowl long spells. Once he went to his captain Ian chappell and told him that he was tired. But Ian and Mckenzie convinced him to bowl and he continued and took more wickets. That is a testimony to his endurance to bowl long spells and those days it was 8 ball over. And Lillee was the captain’s go-man.

Dennis Lillee: The complete bowler

Yes India’s best ever series in Down Under with India fighting back. And this due Dravid & Laxman continued their rescue act as they did it in Kolkata in 2001. On both occasions India won the test. A great combination with patience paid rich dividends for India under “Dada”‘s leadership. No doubt Aussies had very weak bowling attack in that test.

When Laxman and Dravid put Australia to the sword: The sequel

thank you. Yes MSD’s cricketing brain is awesome. no cricket player from Ranchi made it to Indian national team. So, when Dhoni was a sensation in his native. All the people adore him like a God. He never changed his loyalty and played Bihar & Jharkhand team only. His cricketing knowledge is awesome. He reads the game well. In the first encounter in T20 WC in 2007 in South Africa against Pakistan, India could win the BOWLOUT as they have done their homework well visualizing this scenario and practiced well for this eventuality. And Dhoni was standing in the side so the bowlers could spot the stumps well and they did so in that “Bowlout”. Again MSD’s cricketing brain worked here.

Celebrating 39 years of MS Dhoni

Yes no cricket player from Ranchi made it to Indian national team. So, when Dhoni was a sensation in his native. All the people adore him like a God. He never changed his loyalty and played Bihar & Jharkhand team only. His cricketing knowledge is awesome. He reads the game well. In the first encounter in T20 WC in 2007 in South Africa against Pakistan, India could win the BOWLOUT as they have done their homework well visualizing this scenario and practiced well for this eventuality. And Dhoni was standing in the side so the bowlers could spot the stumps well and they did so in that “Bowlout”. Again MSD’s cricketing brain worked here.

Celebrating 39 years of MS Dhoni

Thank you for your comments. Hope to write here more on cricket.

Memories of Sunil Gavaskar

Yes it was not a lethal combination of pace bowlers in 1971. I mentioned it in my article. Caribbean islands, especially Port of Spain was a happy hunting ground for Sunil Gavaskar. In 1976 West Indies had decent pace battery in the form of Holding, Julien and spinners Padmore, jumaideen but still they could not stop India chasing 404 runs in the fourth innings. This made Captain Clive Lloyd furious and decided there onwards to depend on pace bowlers only. And that’s the story of Windies domination of Test cricket for nearly two decades with their pace attack.

Memories of Sunil Gavaskar

It was a marvelous rescue act by both VVS Laxman and Dravid considering the daunting task ahead after India were asked to follow-on at Eden Gardens, Kolkata in 2001. Both grind the less penetrative bowling attack of Aussies. Laxman’s career best marathon innings and along with Dravid ‘s fighting century helped india to seize the initiative and put up a total of India’s second highest innings total in tests for the bowlers to exploit the weakness of the Aussies against quality spin bowling. Harbhajan’s 13 wickets haul in the Test ( including a hattrick in the first innings ) mainly helped India to win this test by 171 runs and set up a summit clash in the 3 match test series in Chennai which India won by 2 wickets and the series by 2-1 . This was a watershed in Indian Test cricket. After this test, no team dared to enforce follow-on on India and for that matter other teams were skeptical about enforcing follow-on in Tests.

When Laxman and Dravid put Australia to the sword: The sequel

He has got a penchant to take on the Indian cricket establishment and
always fought for players. In fact some people called him a “mercenary”
when he signed Kerry Packer’s World series cricket in 1978, though
he didn’t play a match as Packer and CA reached agreement. So, the
selectors dropped him from Captaincy in 1979 to tour England, though
the previous outing with Windies in 1978-79 at home was a successful
series as India won by 1-0 under his captaincy.

Memories of Sunil Gavaskar

Yes , ODI cricket was not his cup of tea. Gavaskar had the dubious distinction of
scoring 36 runs off 60 overs in 1975 WC played in England. His only century
in ODI was scored in 1987 WC against Newzeland. In fact he shared the MOM Award in
this match along with Chetan Sharma, the medium pacer,who took hat trick of wickets. Incidentally WC 1987 was his last hurrah in International cricket. A great test batsman of his era.

Memories of Sunil Gavaskar