Favourite ODI Innings (Part 2 of 3) – Virat Kohli’s 133* v Sri Lanka

This is the second part of our feature and Ashwin has picked his favourite ODI innings– Virat Kohli’s 133* v Sri Lanka at Hobart. You can read the first part here.

The birth of a superstar

Game 11 of a trination series in Australia is being played at Hobart. India’s past four games read tie, loss, loss, loss, loss. Coming into this match against Sri Lanka, India needed the bonus point to just stay alive in the series.

India win the toss and chose to field, meaning that they will know the bonus point equation when they come out to bat. The bowlers fail to deliver. Dilshan gets to 160*, Sangakkara smashes a century off just 84 balls and Sri Lanka walk off the field smiling with 320 on the board. India need to chase the total within 40 overs to secure a bonus point. To put things in context, India has just suffered 3 back-to-back losses while chasing, all of which were sub-300 targets and their last outing saw them being bowled out for 165. 321 in 40 overs is perhaps a bit more than daunting.

None of this seems to matter to Kohli as he walks out to bat. At that stage, India need 8 runs an over. Sachin and Sehwag are back in the hut. He proceeds to make a mockery of the chase. 16 Fours, 2 Sixes take him to 133* off just 86 balls. One sequence against Malinga, considered the world’s best bowler at the time, reads 2-6-4-4-4-4-1-4-4. That’s 33 runs in 9 balls.  Read More …

5 reasons why Anil Kumble is the right coach for Team India

While Brexit votes are still being cast, the more important result has already been declared today – Anil Kumble is the Indian team’s new head coach for the next one year beating the likes of Ravi Shastri, Stuart Law, Sandeep Patil, Pravin Amre, Tom Moody and 53 other applicants. Given that the cricket advisory committee that picked him consisted of his old buddies Sachin, VVS Laxman and Ganguly, there was little doubt that Kumble would be the front-runner for the job, despite not meeting the BCCI’s initial selection criteria in full as he had not coached at the international or first class level.

In any event, here are five reasons why we think Anil Kumble is the right man for the job. Read More …

Favourite ODI innings (Part 1 of 3) – M.S. Dhoni’s 91* v Sri Lanka

While the last decade has seen the ODI battling with its younger, (arguably) more attractive cousin for relevance, the nineties and the noughties were undeniably the golden age of ODIs. Having started watching cricket in the 90s, we thought it would be nice to do a series where each of our bloggers picks his favourite ODI innings. This is the first part of the feature and DJ has picked his favourite ODI innings – M.S. Dhoni’s 91* v Sri Lanka

Cometh the hour, cometh the man

World Cup finals can reduce the best captains to rubble – just ask Brendon McCullum. Heartbreak seems around the corner with India floundering after being set the highest ever chase in a World Cup final. The destructive Sehwag and demi-God Sachin are already back in the pavilion. Indian fans are starting to brace themselves for a repeat of 2003. I have flown into Mumbai from London hours earlier just to watch this game and am beginning to wonder whether the decision was too hasty. The third wicket falls after a bit of a partnership – Kohli lobs a catch back to the bowler. Unbelievably, the Indian captain promotes himself above Yuvraj, India’s in-form player, and walks out to join Gambhir. A billion people watch every move.  Read More …

A guide to choosing a new cricket bat (for amateur cricketers)

A few months ago, I decided it was finally time to retire my old Kookaburra cricket bat. It had served me well but it was a slightly older make of bat and I was getting a little tired of having to run twos and threes. You see, I’m all about conserving energy, preserving flab batting muscle and scoring quickly.

So here’s how I went about choosing a new bat. Read More …

West Indies-Australia-South Africa Triseries: Preview and Top Fantasy Cricket Tips

It’s been a few days since the IPL wrapped up and if you are still suffering from IPL Withdrawal Syndrome (yes, it’s a thing!), perhaps the ODI Triseries between West Indies, South Africa and Australia starting on 3 June to will help ease your symptoms. And for those you missing your daily fix of fantasy cricket, OyeCaptain is running leagues for the triseries as well.

The Teams

Australia, South Africa and the West Indies. The West Indies are still the subject of selection politicking – despite not having played in the domestic ODI tournament, Pollard and Sunil Narine were picked for this triseries while the other “rebels” DJ Bravo, Chris Gayle and DJ Sammy were not.  The Windies will also be disappointed after missing out on qualification for next year’s Champions Trophy in England and will be out to prove a point. South Africa, led by the magnificent AB de Villiers, will be competitive but their team composition has issues of its own – they have apparently rested Dale Steyn but he is playing T20 cricket in England! At present, the World Champions Australia look the most settled of the three teams and will be the ones to beat. Mitchell Starc should make his return from injury to strengthen the Aussie bowling line-up.

The Venues

Guyana, St. Kitts and Barbados. The pitches in the West Indies have become much slower and lower than in the heydays of the West Indian pace attack. Expect the spinners to dominate proceedings with the quicks having to rely on changes of pace and cutters to pick up wickets. Batting will not be easy and anything above 275 will be competitive on these difficult pitches.

Our Picks for your Fantasy Cricket Team

We have picked our top Fantasy Cricket XI from across the three teams for the entire tri-series so make sure these guys are in your teams! Enjoy!

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