Australia v India, 1st Test Match, Adelaide Oval : Preview

Every morning the alarm would go off at 5.55 am. Praying that India was not more than 2 wickets down in the first 30 minutes of play, I would switch the TV on to Star Sports and watch it with just one eye open. It used to be pitch dark outside (Delhi’s winter sun was not out yet). As kids, watching India play in Australia was a cold, early morning affair.

Those days are back again.

Except time zones now work pretty well for me (play starts at 8 am) and Singapore has no real winter to speak of!

Since the first test begins tomorrow, we thought it’d be interesting to write about team composition. Read More …

India v Australia : Fights, Sledges, Tantrums and Bad Behaviour !

Tempers have always run pretty high in this top of the table clash.

So as a part of the build-up to this much-awaited test series, a selection of the best “fights” across India v Australia games:

HARBHAJAN v PONTING:  17 year old Bhajji scurries for cover after giving Ponting a send-off in Sharjah, 1998.

SACHIN v MCGRATH : The Big Man drops an F Bomb, Nairobi, 2000

MICHAEL SLATER v DRAVID: Michael Slater loses his shit, Mumbai, 2001.

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#Putoutyourbats #63notout

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Not many consider cricket dangerous. I mean how dangerous could a non-contact sport be?

But it’s played with a hard ball.

Propelled at speeds faster than a speeding car.

Which hurts when you get hit (I can vouch for that).

A talented player’s life was cut tragically short on the 27th.

There was talk of him making a comeback to the Australian team for the first test at the Gabba.

Shows you how unpredictable life is.

This has just been a sad, sad week.

Spare a thought for Sean Abbot.

Hope the poor kid pulls through and plays again.

Phil Hugh bats on. 63 not out.

Watch out for that cut shot!

Play hard, play safe.

Learning to play straight, in the Gully: A Comprehensive Guide to Gully Cricket in India

So there have been a few questions on how this blog came to be named.

One tip, one hand” was one of the fundamental rules of the cricket we played in the streets as kids. This post seeks to capture some of the facets of the game we fondly called “gully cricket” (‘gully’ in this context meaning ‘side-street’, not cricket exclusively played in the fielding position). To confuse things further, while the name gully cricket indicates that this was cricket played in the streets, apart from the streets there were a variety of locations – parks, construction sites and empty parking lots.

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England v. India: 4th test match, Old Trafford

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There is no DRS in this series OK?

Watching our beloved Indian team play on Saturday brought back a few memories.

Remember Durban, 1996?100 all out in the first innings. 66 in the second. Oh, we were an inexperienced batting line-up in alien conditions. Did you see that ball from Donald to Sachin?  (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TyaqXf2_l9k). Totally ridiculous!

And what about Barbados, 1997? 81 all out chasing 121. Come on man, super dodgy fifth day wicket! (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2XkxHvXE2fY)

As Indian fans, we’re great with coming up with reasons for our inexplicable results.

Which bring us to 9 August 2014, Manchester. 152 all out in the first innings. 161 all out in the second innings. Each Indian innings was shorter than the average Karan Johar movie. As a rational (?) Indian supporter, I’m struggling to justify why we lost. But maybe our superstars can explain things better (starting at the top):

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