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 …

PREVIEW: Australia v. India, Melbourne, Boxing Day Test

Heartbreak in Adelaide. A morale-sapping loss in Brisbane. Each game lost from a great position.

Two down. Two to go.

Rumours of a spat between Shikhar and Virat.

Bad food, bad umpires, bad nets.

In the mean time, here’s our XI for the all important Boxing Day test match Read More …

Australia v. India, 2nd Test Match, The Gabba: Preview

Time for the second test!

(We’ve barely had time to catch our breath after the frantic finish in Adelaide but the tests are flying thick and fast – keep them coming!)

Australia has already come out and named their playing XI. Quite a few changes – from Steve Smith being named captain to the inclusion of Shaun Marsh and Mitchell Starc and a debut for Josh Hazlewood. Harris and Siddle are the guys missing out – pretty surprising as they have been the mainstay of Australia’s test squad for a while but perhaps Australia is looking to the future.

Australia will miss the presence of Clarke but on a seaming and quick wicket at the Gabba they seem to have their strategy set, going for the raw pace of Starc.

As we did for the first test, we are going ahead to name the India’s playing XI that we feel is best suited for this game. Read More …

Memories of Adelaide : Rahul Dravid

Australia v India, 2nd Test, Adelaide, 16 December, 2003© Getty Images (William West/AFP/Getty Images)

Here’s the scorecard:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/current/match/64060.html

Arms aloft, Rahul Dravid celebrates victory.

Instinctively, he kisses the India crest on his cap.

An image which sears itself into the collective consciousness of a billion Indians.

Sometimes the good guys finish first.

Brick by brick, a legend is made.

[UPDATED: YouTube link for both innings here]

1tip1hand: Co-Blogger Alert!

 

Given that I’ve been notoriously irregular at posting on 1tip1hand, one of my oldest friends has kindly agreed to become a co-blogger (more like I plied him with drink, then hounded him day and night and haunted his dreams but still…)

Varun Garg is a marketing professional based in Singapore. His passions are Bollywood, cricket, and….the perfect blend of Bollywood and cricket, the IPL. He also enjoys the occasional JD coke and butter chicken.

Greatest achievement : Winning the CLT20 fantasy cricket league in 2014 (a win after seven years  – everyone was beginning to lose faith!)

Ambition: To one day become a “strategist” for the BCCI (whatever that means!)

He brings with him the promise of more regular posts and meaningful insights into the game.

WELCOME!