Leaked dossier: Ravi Shastri on India’s critical path to World Cup glory

From: Ravi Shastri <Edged_and_taken@TeamIndia.com>

Sent: Tuesday, January 20, 2015 9:19 PM

To: MS Dhoni <CaptainCool_ODI@TeamIndia.com>

Cc: Duncan Fletcher <IwontheAshes@TeamIndia.com>

Subject: How to win this World Cup Thing

Hi MS,

Hope you’re keeping well.

Sorry about you getting thrashed by England today. Duncan and I have put our considerable brains together and have come up with a master-plan to help India retain the World Cup. Read More …

PREVIEW: Australia v India, Fourth test, Sydney Cricket Ground

The Border-Gavaskar trophy will be making its way back to Australia. However, even with the scoreline reading 0-2, there are a lot of talking points from India’s point of view.

A new captain.

A new number 7 batsman.

A new wicket keeper.

Ishant Sharma is the most capped Indian test player. This is the new team India.

It will be interesting to see how the new “aggressive” team India plays at the SCG. Virat Kohli’s “in-it-to-win-it” attitude in Adelaide was commendable but one has to wonder whether the series would have been different India had been able to draw the first test? Is the Shastri – Kohli combination willing to do anything to win? Will they accept a 3 – 0 scoreline in search of a win? With the history between these two teams, will Kohli cool off on the sledging front?

At the end of the day, this is the attitude that will set up 2015, a World Cup year.

Our team selection for the final test at the Syndey Cricket Ground: Read More …

O Captain, My Captain

So the test career is over.

No fanfare, no trumpets. No mess, no fuss. To our simple minds, this is just a practical decision from a practical man (or is there something murkier going on behind the scenes?).

We haven’t been particularly happy with Dhoni’s test captaincy in the past. However, rather than dwell on his ultra defensive tactics, his ugly-yet-effective style of batting or his general lack of interest in the test game, we’ve chosen instead to focus on our favourite test match memories of him: Read More …