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Hello Paul
I understand your point. However, especially under Kohli, India have typically gone with 5 stable bowling options, 5 batsmen and a wicket keeper.
What has happened is, the 5 batsmen perform well, and then Jadeja (when he plays) and Ashwin come handy with the bat too… So I went with the same formula; only Sundar coming in for Jadeja.
About Sundar, it is being discussed whether India could go with Axar Patel (who’s a better batsman) or Hardik Pandya (if he can bowl). I chose Sundar because after his exploits at the Gabba, he is likely to get an opportunity.

Predicting India's line-up for the first Test against England

Honestly, I don’t think I am getting carried away. Yes, India lost in England and South Africa, but were competitive for the largest parts of the series – something that had never happened in the past. The side got decimated in New Zealand, but it remains to be seen whether it was blip or not.
This time, hardly anyone gave them a chance to win even before the injuries happened. Ricky Ponting was surprised at how a depleted Indian side won at The Gabba.
I believe that alongside Australia being ordinary, it was also a case of India being disciplined and inspired.
Anyway, India will tour England and South Africa in 2021. Those series could give an idea about where the Indian cricket currently stands on the international scene.

The Border-Gavaskar Trophy triumph is a sign of the new India

Thank you for the responses

The Border-Gavaskar Trophy triumph is a sign of the new India

Thank you Paul 🙂

Hanuma Vihari: An old-school cricketer with an indomitable spirit

You’re right. It’s an asset to have such a player in the test side ????

Hanuma Vihari: An old-school cricketer with an indomitable spirit

He took 2 in the tournament

Ranking the top ten Australians in the 2020 IPL

Thank You 🙂

Ranking the top ten Australians in the 2020 IPL

I would love to see Indian players getting some valuable BBL experience. It will even help India in the T20 format to have better players.
However, I can’t see that happening anytime soon.
I guess a part of it is also about workload management, apart from BCCI wanting to protect its “assets”.
A reason why this practice is going unchallenged by the players or the foreign boards are-
1. Players are getting remunerated quite well;
2. 20% of an overseas IPL player’s fee is paid to the player’s respective cricket board to ensure his availability throughout the season.
(https://www.google.com/amp/s/m.timesofindia.com/sports/cricket/ipl/top-stories/bcci-wants-to-cut-ipls-20-foreigner-release-fee/amp_articleshow/74468391.cms)

Ranking the top ten Australians in the 2020 IPL

Yes, he was quite good against Sunrisers Hyderabad (12/1 in 4).
Honestly, I was a bit confused between whether I should include him or Maxwell. However, Zampa’s other two figures read 53/1 in 4 against the Mumbai Indians, and 0/27 in 3 against Rajasthan Royals.
So I eventually leaned more towards Maxwell.

Ranking the top ten Australians in the 2020 IPL

I said ‘pure on-field cricket’.
If you consider the Ashes or India-Australia Pakistan, cricket goes beyond whatever happens on the actual field

Five questions the decisive Sydney Test will finally answer

Hello Niranjan
I agree with your notion. However typically, we won’t tinker with our playing XI and for a reason.
Again, in case if we decide to go with a specialist batsman, I’d rather have Rahul instead of Vijay, that too in middle order. I remember it was suggested in Indian media before the series began as well.

Five questions the decisive Sydney Test will finally answer

Honestly, if Smith and Warner do come back and Starc- Cummins- Hazlewood stay fit, Australia can be strong contenders for the semifinals

SWOT analysis of the Australian ODI squad against South Africa

Technically there won’t be a quarterfinal. 10 teams will play against each other, with every team playing 9 matches. Finally last 4 will make it to the semis.
According to me, if the World Cup was to be played today; England and India would have certainly made through. New Zealand usually perform brilliantly in ICC tournaments; hence them and a team among Australia, South Africa and Pakistan.
If Gayle, Russell and Lewis play, West Indies should pull off some wins and may become the Kingmakers of the tournament as well.

SWOT analysis of the Australian ODI squad against South Africa

Thanks a lot Paul, for your feedback.
I agree that even in a society as ‘developed’ as ours, we constantly attach a stigma to mental health related issues. I hope that it changes soon.
Finally, I really respect Will and Cricket Victoria that they have decided to handle this situation the way it should be handled. Hope he comes back soon.

An open letter to Will Pucovski

Thank you Gatesy for your kinds words. I hope so too that Will gets back soon, stronger and wiser.

An open letter to Will Pucovski

Yes, I agree with your point. Players’ safety, be it physical or emotional is the most important aspect of any sport.

An open letter to Will Pucovski

Thanks a lot sir 🙂

An open letter to Will Pucovski

Well, he needs time as per me. Faulkner has got redundant in terms of his bowling.
He has good variations, can be a good asset for the Aussies.

Australian selectors to blame for ODI carnage

Also, I was wondering, where has Pattinson gone? I know he has been injury- prone, but he is talented enough to get straight into the fold of Australia’s team when he is fit!

Australian selectors to blame for ODI carnage

I believe that Tye is one of the best limited overs bowlers in Australia (perhaps just next to Cummins, Starc and Hazlewood in any order). His variations and consistency make him a better bowler than Faulkner, Behrendorff, Tremain or even NC-N (Though NC-N’s all rounder capabilities make him valuable). His failure in this series is costing the Aussies dearly.

Australian selectors to blame for ODI carnage

Thanks a lot!

haha, I agree with your point as well. Hoping for an entertaining World Cup!

FIFA World Cup 2018: Group F

I understand what you are trying to say.
However, I am trying to make a point that Germany’s strength, unlike Brazil, Argentina or even France has been their performances as a team than any individual heroics.

FIFA World Cup 2018: Group F

Thank you sir for the valuable feedback Sir 🙂

FIFA World Cup 2018: Group F

Thanks a lot for pointing it out 🙂

FIFA World Cup 2018: Group B

“So far, the BCCI has refused to release any Indian players to play in the Big Bash, presumably to protect the IPL.” Another reason for this is to keep players fresh to represent India.
While the stance can be debated, a comparatively lesser exposure to domestic T20 leagues is coming at a price; India- the home of IPL is yet to master T20 form of cricket as they would have liked.

Big Bash to big cash: The IPL is taking over cricket

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